The 21-year-old man from Reuver (Limburg) who drove his car to the public on Sunday during the award ceremony of an autocross in Leende (Noord-Brabant) is suspected by the Public Prosecution Service of attempted manslaughter. Five people were injured in the incident. The judge decided Wednesday that the man stays in jail for two weeks.
According to the OM, the Limburger was the only one who was in the car at the time of the collision. The suspect's 17-year-old girlfriend was therefore released.
The girl was arrested with her boyfriend on Sunday after she confessed to police officers. On the basis of witness statements, however, it appears that the girlfriend was not in the car during the incident, but walked over to her friend after he had been hit by bystanders. According to the OM, there were striking blows around the incident.
Police investigation shows that the man from Reuver had a fight shortly before his act, after the organization of the autocross event had announced that the third and final race was canceled. According to the organization, the man demanded his contest money back. The organization did not respond to this.
According to the Public Prosecutor, "totally innocent visitors have fallen victim to a totally idiotic action. The driver has played with the lives of a large number of people and we are very much accountable for that."
Three wounded still in hospital
Four Belgian casualties occurred on Sunday. Three of them are still in the hospital. The fourth victim, a fourteen-year-old boy, was allowed to go home on Sunday.
On Monday, a 50-year-old man from Kaatsheuvel suddenly became unwell, possibly as a result of the blows he received on Sunday from the suspect. The victim was hit on the head with a helmet after he tried to remove the key from the contact of the racing car. The OM also includes this incident in the investigation.
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