The man who rode into a carnival parade in the German town of Volkmarsen on Monday was not drunk, German prosecutors report Tuesday. A total of 52 people were injured, including 18 children. 35 victims are still in the hospital, some in critical condition.
The motive of the 29-year-old man is still unclear, but the German police suspect that he was run into the revelers with an evil intention. He was arrested immediately after the incident, but had to be treated by his own injuries before he could be heard.
It is not clear whether that has happened in the meantime. According to the German medium BILD , the alleged perpetrator with serious head injury has been admitted to the hospital. Although the man was not drunk, it remains to be determined whether he has used drugs.
Eyewitnesses tell German media that the silver-gray Mercedes had bypassed roadblocks and drove through the crowd for at least 30 meters. When the car came to a halt, the driver would still have tried to accelerate, although the police could not confirm this.
VideoCar that entered into the German carnival parade
Rosenmontag was celebrated in Germany
On Monday, Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) was celebrated in Germany and parts of the Netherlands. Monday is the highlight of the carnival weekend in Germany and attracts hundreds of thousands of people to numerous organized carnival parades in the country. In the state of Hessen, all other carnival parades were stopped by the police as a precaution.
Just a week ago, Germany was also startled by an incident involving excessive violence. Nine people with a migrant background were shot dead on Thursday in Hanau. The 43-year-old offender also shot his own mother and then put an end to his own life.
Car drives into German carnival parade
The 29-year-old man who drove a car on a carnival parade in the German city of Volkmarsen on Monday afternoon, did this intentionally, according to the police. © Reuters
About 30 people, including children, were injured and some of them were seriously injured. The driver has been arrested. © Reuters