German state leader charged after deadly Austrian ski crash
Dieter Althaus is accused of failing to observe regulations as he descended a slope at high speed.
Vienna -- The leader of the German state of Thuringia, Dieter Althaus, has been charged with negligent homicide after a ski accident in Austria that killed another person and left him badly injured, prosecutors said Monday.
Althaus, 50, is accused of failing to observe regulations as he descended a slope at high speed, colliding with a 41-year-old Slovakian woman who was skiing on another piste, the prosecutors' office in the town of Leoben said.
The Christian Democrat politician suffered a severe head injury in the collision while the woman, who lived with her Austrian husband in the United States, died on her way to hospital.
Althaus had told Austrian investigators that he had no memory of the accident on January 1.
If found guilty he is liable to a sentence of up to two years in prison.