EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader
Find Us
ADVERTISEMENT

Driver who had epileptic fit and crashed guilty of negligent homicide

The off-road vehicle veered onto the pavement and crashed into a building plot in the Mitte district of Berlin in September 2019.
The off-road vehicle veered onto the pavement and crashed into a building plot in the Mitte district of Berlin in September 2019. Copyright Paul Zinken/dpa via AP
Copyright Paul Zinken/dpa via AP
By AP
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

Four people died after his car veered onto the pavement.

ADVERTISEMENT

A driver has been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence over the death of four people in Berlin.

The 45-year-old suffered an epileptic fit and crashed his Porsche SUV into a group of pedestrians in the centre of the German capital in 2019.

A three-year-old boy, his 64-year-old grandmother, and a couple in their late 20s from Spain and Britain were killed in the incident while waiting at a traffic light.

The man -- whose name wasn’t published for privacy reasons -- was found guilty of negligent homicide on Thursday.

Prosecutors alleged the driver should not have been behind the wheel because he had recently undergone brain surgery.

The defendant said during the trial that he had suffered a first epileptic fit months before the crash but believed the operation and medication would prevent him from suffering another. His young daughter and a 67-year-old woman were in the car with him at the time. They were hospitalised after the crash.

The crash has also sparked a debate in Germany about restricting the use of powerful sports utility vehicles in city centres. Safety campaigners and some politicians argue that such cars pose a particular danger to other road users.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

WATCH: Inside Berlin's Disgusting Food Museum

Ukrainians and Russians in Berlin in solidarity against war

Ex-Red Army Faction member caught after more than 30 years on the run