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Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash

A driver who fled on foot after causing a multiple-car collision on a motorway in the state of Hesse has turned himself in to police. The man was driving the wrong way when he hit another car head-on, leaving one person dead and six others injured.

Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash
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A spokesman for the police in Wiesbaden said the man, 48, was being investigated for manslaughter, not just hazardous driving.

The driver suddenly turned around in the middle of the A3 motorway near Idstein on Saturday evening. Shortly afterwards his car crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle in the left lane.

That driver, aged 56, died at the site of the accident.

Four other cars were involved in the accident. Police helicopters equipped with infrared cameras were used in the search effort.

On Sunday morning, two people were killed in a separate incident after a man driving the wrong way struck another car on the A96 motorway between Erkheim and Stetten.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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