There are still no precise indications of the cause of the tragic accident in Berlin-Mitte. A driver came off the road with his SUV on Friday night and hit the sidewalk. Four people died, three were seriously injured.
The vehicle is a sports SUV Porsche Macan - the district mayor criticized after the accident now these heavy car models: "Such armored cars do not belong in the city," said Stephan von Dassel (Green). "They are climate killers, even threatening without an accident, every driving mistake becomes a mortal danger to the innocent."
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Green district mayor Stephan von Dassel does not want to see off-road vehicles in Berlin
Berlin's Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) spoke of a terrible accident. "My thoughts are with the victims, their relatives and friends." Similar expressed by Dassel.
According to previous information came the 42-year-old driver with his car from the road and drove over four people and several bollards and a traffic light mast. The vehicle with three occupants only came to a halt after breaking through a construction site fence. In addition to a toddler two men at the age of 28 and 29 years and a 64-year-old woman at the scene of her injuries, the police said. She started from a "tragic traffic accident".
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The driver was injured in the head and hospitalized. With him in the car sat a 67-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl, both were loud police on Saturday for observation in the hospital. A 38-year-old woman and a nine-year-old boy were shocked and treated on the spot.
Police ask to stop speculation
The accident site on Invalidenstraße was closed until just before two o'clock in the morning. Emergency counselor, the Berlin fire department and the police pastor cared for accident witnesses, but also emergency services.
At first, the police did not want to comment on the family connections.
For the time being, the police did not provide any information on the possible causes of the accident. "Initial indications that a medical emergency of the driver could have been the cause, as well as all other statements, information and evidence in the investigation," said in a press release. The driver was taken a blood sample. In addition, the officers had confiscated his driver's license and secured the accident vehicle.
Specifically, the police asked on Twitter: "Please refrain speculation out of consideration for the relatives." Previously, the online service speculated, among other things, about an illegal car race. As a police spokesman said: "There is currently no evidence that a second vehicle was involved."