Motorist turns himself in after fatal hit-and-run

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man, 19, has surrendered to police after a car hit and killed a 20-year-old woman who had criticised the motorist's driving.

29 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man, 19, has surrendered to police after a car hit and killed a 20-year-old woman who had criticised the motorist's driving.

The man turned himself in after police mounted an operation to find the driver of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run incident, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The suspect is said to be from The Hague.

The victim, from Wateringen, was sitting in a 24-year-old male friend's car when they became irritated by another motorist — possibly in a red Honda Civic — who drove slowly and braked without reason.

Her friend then overtook the Honda and forced it to stop on the Middel Broekweg in Honselersdijk.

Both he and the woman stepped out of the car and approached the other vehicle. The victim then verbally abused the other driver and witnesses claimed she kicked the car, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Tuesday.

The driver of the Honda suddenly drove around the other car, but collided with the woman, who later died of her injuries in hospital. The incident took place at about 1.40pm on Sunday.

It is not yet certain if the motorist intentionally hit the woman or was only trying to escape from the scene.

Police are now calling for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who saw the cars after the accident is also urged to come forward. The telephone number to call is 0900 8844.

The incident is reminiscent of the controversial death of an alleged bag snatcher in Amsterdam who was killed in January after a female motorist hit him with her car.

The woman claims she was trying to retrieve her bag, but is under investigation on suspicion she intentionally ran the victim down or failed to properly assess the risks of her actions.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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