After a speeding accident with a life-threateningly injured pedestrian, the trial against two young men before the Trier district court began on Thursday. The indictment accuses the alleged driver of the crime car of attempted manslaughter, hit-and-run and participation in a prohibited motor vehicle race. On July 31, 2021, the 22-year-old, with his “ruthless pursuit of the highest possible speed, at least accepted the possibility of fatally injuring a person in a collision,” said senior public prosecutor Eric Samel.

After a speeding accident with a life-threateningly injured pedestrian, the trial against two young men before the Trier district court began on Thursday. The indictment accuses the alleged driver of the crime car of attempted manslaughter, hit-and-run and participation in a prohibited motor vehicle race. On July 31, 2021, the 22-year-old, with his “ruthless pursuit of the highest possible speed, at least accepted the possibility of fatally injuring a person in a collision,” said senior public prosecutor Eric Samel.

The young man felt “spurred on” by a driver friend of his in another car when he made several short acceleration and braking maneuvers with the engine roaring at the start of the traffic light and driving through an underpass. He overtook his friend and then accelerated so that he reached a maximum speed of 105 to 115 kilometers per hour at one point, Samel said.

When a pedestrian crossed the street, the driver caught him despite braking at a speed “of at least 70 kilometers per hour”. The young man hit the bonnet head-on and was dragged along a bit. The victim suffered “severe, life-threatening injuries all over his body”. The driver’s lawyer, Otmar Schaffarczyk, said on the sidelines of the process that his client was “incredibly sorry”.

The 23-year-old, who is said to have helped the 22-year-old to hide the crime car after the accident, is charged with attempted evasion. After the accident, both drivers had left the scene in their cars without taking care of the injured person. The accident vehicle was found a day later hidden in a remote location in Trier. The 22-year-old, who was wanted with a European arrest warrant, was arrested in Berlin a month later

According to investigators, the two drivers did not compete. However, one could also make oneself liable to prosecution as an individual in a prohibited motor vehicle race if “moved at an inappropriate speed and grossly contrary to traffic and recklessly,” the public prosecutor had announced.

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