Status: 05.12.2023, 15:11 PM
By: Mick Oberbusch
A fatal accident occurred on the A555 in North Rhine-Westphalia on Friday (1 December). Young players from 1. FC Köln were also involved.
Cologne – After the fatal accident on the A555 near Wesseling, in which two occupants of a VW Polo burned to death on 1 December, the reappraisal of the events is underway. A Bundesliga football club, 1. FC Cologne, is also involved: As the club recently announced when asked, two of the club's youth players were involved in the fatal crash. "As FC, we confirm that FC has been informed that two youth players were involved in the accident," the football club said in a statement on Monday (4 December). Now the club has spoken out again on Tuesday (5 December).
1. FC Köln exempts those involved in the accident from training and matches
"In order to fulfil its duty of care, 1. FC Köln has exempted the two parties involved in the accident from training and match operations until further notice and offered them further support," the club said. "The presumption of innocence applies to both players. FC is in the hearts of the families of the accident victims and deeply saddened by the events." 1. FC Köln still does not provide any information on the identity of the two young players concerned. The identity of the two accident victims is also still unclear at the moment.
- What happened, when and where? A fatal accident occurred on the A555 near Wesseling (between Cologne and Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia) on Friday evening (1 December), in which two people burned to death in their car.
- What do we know about victims and those involved? The identity of the two victims is still unclear. With regard to the four other participants who were on the road in a Mercedes (driver: 20, passenger 21) and an Audi (driver: 20, passenger 20), it is known that two of them play football in the youth section of 1.
- Where do we go from here? The autopsy and the evaluation of DNA samples are next on the agenda, according to the public prosecutor's office. In addition, witnesses would be questioned, mobile phones and accident traces would be evaluated. In addition, "due to the initial suspicion of negligent homicide and participation in a prohibited motor vehicle race", investigations have been launched against both drivers (20 each) of the cars involved in the accident.
After horror crash on the A555: Investigations into attempted homicide and illegal car racing
On Monday (4 December), the public prosecutor's office in Cologne had also commented on the incident when asked. "Due to the initial suspicion of negligent homicide and participation in a prohibited motor vehicle race, investigations have been launched against two 20-year-old men – the drivers of the two passenger cars in question. Both obviously know each other because they play football together," said senior public prosecutor Ulrich Bremer in Cologne. Whether the two drivers are the junior professionals of 1. FC Köln is also still the subject of investigation.
According to the club, two junior players of the 1st FC Cologne were involved in the fatal accident on the A555 on December 1 (IDZRNRW assembly). © Sascha Thelen/dpa & Deutzmann/Imago
Next steps after fatal accident on the A555: Evaluation of DNA samples and autopsy
The next step would be the autopsy and the evaluation of DNA samples, the Cologne public prosecutor's office continued. "Witnesses are currently being questioned, mobile phones and accident traces are being evaluated. An accident reconstruction report has been commissioned," it adds. In any case, one thing is certain: The fatal accident on the A555 near Wesseling between Cologne and Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia is likely to continue to occupy the authorities. (Mon)