German rocker charged over hit-and-run accident

2nd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

One of Germany's best-known rock stars could face up to five years in jail after after he was charged over a high-speed hit-and-run crash on New Year's Eve while he was allegedly high on a cocktail of drugs.

Kevin Russell, lead singer of the Boehse Onkelz (Nasty Uncles) and who has Irish citizenship, was doing 230 kilometres (143 miles) per hour under the influence of cocaine, methadone and diazepam, prosecutors alleged in a statement Thursday.

His Audi R-8 rammed into the back of another car on the motorway near Frankfurt, sending it ploughing into the crash barrier. It then burst into flames, leaving the two occupants seriously hurt with burns and other injuries, the prosecutors alleged.

Russell, 46, fled on foot, prosecutors said. Later he told police he was not the driver.

"Security camera footage from a petrol station 10 minutes before the accident showed him getting ... into the car," a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Frankfurt told AFP.

"His DNA was also found on the driver-side airbag," she added.

Russell has made no statement on the charges which include dangerous driving, causing bodily harm and leaving the scene of a traffic accident.

If convicted, he faces anything from a fine to up to five years behind bars, the spokeswoman said.

Before splitting in 2005, the Boehse Onkelz were one of Germany's biggest rock acts despite attracting little coverage in mainstream media after being associated with the far-right scene early in their career in the 1980s.

© 2010 AFP

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