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No charges for driver who killed two students lying in the road

Monday 14 January 2013

A motorist who ran over and killed two students who were lying in the road in the wake of a pop festival, will not face charges, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

The two students, a woman aged 18 and a man aged 19, lay down in the road after attending the Appelpop festival. The driver tried to swerve to avoid them but realised too late they were there, partly due to the misty conditions.

The young woman was killed instantly but the man died several days after the accident in hospital. He was able to tell police what had happened, website nu.nl reported.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments


It's about time that drivers aren't being blamed for other people's stupidity!

By BB | 14 January 2013 5:24 PM

The right decision.

After all, if you're so stupid to sleep on the road, accidents can happen. The motorist should've of course braked, but who is prepared for the possibility of people sleeping on the street? You'd expect people to occupy just a small space and stand tall, not occupy a large space and lay flat.

Even when driving at just half the allowed speed (no idea how fast the motorist drove), this accident stil would've happened thanks to the mist giving only little time to observe this unusual situation and come up with a solution (which almost always leads to the wrong choice, which is: act as you normally avoid people).

By Someone | 14 January 2013 7:28 PM

when I was 18 and 19 yrs old, I did a lot of stupid things but I didn't get killed. this is a sad story for everyone involved. my condolences to the kids parents and friends, and to the driver that hit them. must have been a horrible experience.

By B | 15 January 2013 5:42 AM

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