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Death of German ski tourists – compensation after an accident

It has been almost two years since seven German ski tourists died in an accident in South Tyrol. The driver’s insurance has now paid damages to victims and relatives.

Luttach / Bozen – A car crashes into a group of ski vacationers in the middle of the night, seven Germans, mainly from North Rhine-Westphalia, die, others are seriously injured.

Almost two years after the gruesome accident in South Tyrol, the victims and relatives have agreed on a compensation amount. The accident driver’s insurance pays those affected a total of ten million euros, as lawyer Markus Wenter announced.

The lawyer from Bolzano represents most of the 79 victims. At the same time, you waive a civil suit against the local, who is waiting for his criminal trial. According to findings, the man was drunk on January 5, 2020 and raced far too quickly through the town of Luttach in the Ahrntal in the northern Italian province. It then recorded the Germans who had ridden home on a shuttle that night and were just crossing the street. Six young people – most of them from North Rhine-Westphalia – died on the spot, one woman later succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

The South Tyrolean daily newspaper “Dolomiten” wrote that the public prosecutor’s office will soon bring charges against the driver, who was 27 years old at the time of the accident. The taking of evidence was due to be completed on this Monday in Bolzano. The man’s defense lawyers want to clarify whether the ski tourists were also drunk or drugged. This could potentially lead to complicity in the accident from a legal point of view.

Attorney Wenter was happy to have already reached an agreement on the financial compensation. “A compensation process that could last ten years would be a terrible ordeal for the victims and their families,” he said. “The outcome of the proceedings would have been a great psychological burden, an excruciating wait.”

The 79 parties – victims, relatives and social security agencies – had actually demanded 18 million euros. The sum insured was only ten million euros, which had now been distributed according to a determined key and had already been paid.

Some of the Germans have sustained permanent injuries, Wenter reported. A young man became a nursing case and needs to be looked after around the clock. A woman sustained an eye injury and her eyesight is impaired. One man suffered serious leg injuries and has been limping since the accident. Another man suffered severe depression and had to be treated in a clinic.

Theoretically, compensation payments can have a mitigating effect. Given the circumstances of this accident – including the alcohol and the high speed – this is considered to be rather unlikely. dpa

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