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Two men beat woman to pulp after she intervenes in traffic dispute

A 49-year-old woman was left in hospital with severe head injuries after she tried to settle an argument over a crash in Düsseldorf on Saturday.

Two men beat woman to pulp after she intervenes in traffic dispute
Photo: DPA

The woman intervened after the car in front of her hit a 5-year-old girl who ran unexpectedly into the road, police report. The little girl was injured in the accident.

Two relatives of the child immediately surrounded the driver. But when the 49-year-old woman got out of her car to try to mediate, they turned on her, first insulting her, then beating her.

She was left with serious head injuries, which needed to be treated in hospital.

On Monday the woman was still in hospital and could only open her eyes for a short period of time, the Rheinische Post (RP) reports.

Her right eye socket is fractured, while the left one is badly swollen.

This RP tweet shows the woman's injuries.

“I need to stay here until the swelling goes down, then I can be taken to a specialist hospital for an operation,” she said.

According to the 49-year-old, the driver involved in the crash did nothing wrong.

“She drove at exactly 30 km/h, just like me. She stopped, got out, and took care of the child after the crash. But that didn’t interest the mob,” she explained.

“When I told them that the child rushed suddenly from between two parked cars, and that they should take better care of her, they turned on me.”

The woman now says she is preparing to take legal steps against the family, whom police describe as being “a southeast European clan.”

“They are sure to stick together and tell the police the opposite of what happened,” she said.

The men told police that they lightly pushed the woman, the RP reports.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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