German killed in Danish stone-throwing ‘murder’
Police on the Danish island of Funen are treating a fatal stone-throwing incident as murder after a German tourist lost her life on a local motorway.
Funen Police said that a 30 kilo stone tile and a 9.5 kilo cobblestone were thrown from an overpass onto a moving vehicle early on Sunday morning.
The car belonged to a German family that was returning from holiday. The female passenger was killed instantly while the driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old man, was seriously injured. The couple’s five-year-old son, who was seated next to his mother in the back seat, escaped injury.
A police spokesman told broadcaster DR that the case will be investigated as a murder and attempted murder.
“When one takes such heavy tiles and throws them down on cars moving at such high speeds, it has to be with the thought that someone could die,” Commissioner Michael Lichtenstein said.
Lichtenstein said that the sheer size of the tile leads police to believe that one or more adults were involved.
“These stones are so heavy that they’re not something you’d just come strolling with under your arm. So this is perhaps something that was planned,” he told DR.
Funen Police said that the German consulate has been called to Odense University Hospital to take care of the five-year-old child until family members arrive from Germany. Police said that they would not release more information on the German victims until family members have confirmed their identities.
Police are asking anyone who might have leads in the case to call 114.