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Man Charged in Fatal Car Accident

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Man Charged in Fatal Car Accident

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The South Iceland chief of police has charged a man for involuntary manslaughter in the fatal traffic accident which occurred east of Meðallandsvegur by Eldhraun lava field, August 4, 2013, Vísir reports. Two Polish girls, born in 1997 and 1998, who were passengers in the back seat of the car, died in the accident. The man did not have a valid driver’s licence.

The charges state that the man was driving at 124 km/hour where the speed limit is 90 km/hour. He lost control of his vehicle after passing another car without proper care and without switching lanes again right away, making the car land upside down in a lava field where fire erupted. The girls were thrown out of the car and died at the scene. They were Polish citizens, visiting Iceland.

The parents of one of the girls are demanding ISK 5 million (USD 40,000, EUR 35,000) in damages.

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