Test driver jailed for highway deaths

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18 February 2004 , KARLSRUHE - In a case which stirred public emotions like few others in Germany, a Karlsruhe court Wednesday found a DaimlerChrysler test driver guilty in the deaths of a young woman and her daughter in a high-speed highway accident in July 2003. The court sentenced the man, 34-year-old Rolf Fischer, to 18 months jail without parole and ordered that his driver's license be suspended for a year after his release from prison. The court said the evidence pointed to his guilt on manslaughter

18 February 2004

KARLSRUHE - In a case which stirred public emotions like few others in Germany, a Karlsruhe court Wednesday found a DaimlerChrysler test driver guilty in the deaths of a young woman and her daughter in a high-speed highway accident in July 2003.

The court sentenced the man, 34-year-old Rolf Fischer, to 18 months jail without parole and ordered that his driver's license be suspended for a year after his release from prison.

The court said the evidence pointed to his guilt on manslaughter charges in causing a 21-year-old woman to veer off the road when the man surged up from behind in a high-powered Mercedes Coupe car at a speed of 220 to 250 kilometres per hour. The woman lost control of her compact car, with the crash killing her and her 2-year-old daughter.

"Turbo Rolf" - the nickname given the defendant by his test-driver colleagues for his driving style - claimed innocence, saying the accident had already occurred when he passed the highway crash scene.

The case drew attention to the rough tactics which are common on Germany's no-speed-limit autobahns, or superhighways, with drivers of high-powered cars often tail-gating and harassing slower motorists.

 

 

 DPA
Subject: German news

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