After a similar accident in Berlin last year, a debate broke out about the dangers of heavy SUVs in cities. According to the police, the cause of the horror accident in the Main metropolis on Saturday afternoon was very likely excessive speed.
Both an illegal car race and an assassination attempt can be excluded as a reason, said a spokesman on Sunday. “According to initial findings, it is a traffic accident with a tragic outcome.”
According to the police, a 38-year-old SUV driver from Frankfurt stopped at a traffic light around 4 p.m. in the Ostend district not far from the European Central Bank (ECB). When she turned green, the man accelerated sharply and lost control of his vehicle.
61-year-olds and 27-year-olds die
The car caught a 27-year-old bicycle courier on the bike path and two pedestrians on the sidewalk and seriously injured them. The vehicle scratched a parked car and hit the wall with full force, parts of the brick facade broke off.
The injured were taken to hospital, where a 61-year-old pedestrian from the Ostalb district in Baden-Württemberg and the bicycle courier died. The state of a seriously injured 31-year-old woman from Frankfurt has recently stabilized, said the police spokesman. According to the information, the driver was slightly injured.
The man was taken to a police station to clarify his identity and to take his testimony. A blood sample was also taken. However, it will take a while until the result is available, said the police spokesman.
There is currently no evidence of alcohol or drugs, it said. There is also no evidence that other people were sitting in the SUV. It was initially not known whether the 38-year-old had already attracted attention in the past for driving too fast.
No more accidents because of more SUVs
In the center of Berlin, an SUV vehicle went off the road in 2019 and even fatally injured four pedestrians, including a three-year-old boy. SUVs have become increasingly popular with car buyers, despite being labeled by critics as particularly harmful to the environment. After the serious accident in Berlin, voices were raised calling for upper limits for large SUVs in city centers.
According to experts from accident research and the police, there was no evidence that the accident in Berlin with a limousine would have gone differently. Many limousines are just as heavy and fast as the car involved in an accident at the time.
In general, fewer and fewer serious accidents have occurred for years, thanks in part to modern technology such as assistance systems. In the first half of the year, the number of accident fatalities nationwide fell to an all-time low. However, the volume of traffic is also lower due to the corona pandemic.