German state leader fined for deadly ski accident

4th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dieter Althaus was charged with involuntary homicide and 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.

Vienna -- The leader of the German state of Thuringia, Dieter Althaus, was Tuesday fined 33,000 euros (41,522 dollars) and told to pay 5,000 euros in damages by an Austrian court for a ski accident that killed a woman.

Althaus, 50, was charged with involuntary homicide on Monday and 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.

Althaus had told Austrian investigators that he had no memory of the accident on January 1.

The victim was not wearing a helmet.

AFP/Expatica

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