A car hits pedestrians in Berlin: a letter was found in the driver’s vehicle

In central Berlin, a man drove into pedestrians around 10:30 a.m. One person was killed. According to “Bild”, a letter indicating a deliberate act was found in the perpetrator’s car.

The vehicle, a metallic gray Renault Clio, crashed around 10:30 a.m. (08:30 GMT) in the window of a perfumery store, causing a stir in this commercial and tourist district located near the zoological garden, to the west. of the capital, hit in 2016 by a ram truck attack.

Its author was overpowered by passers-by and then arrested by the police, said a police official, Thilo Cablitz, on the spot. He is a 29-year-old German-Armenian.

According to German popular media Picturea letter indicating a deliberate act was found in the car.

130 police officers and 80 firefighters

Some 130 police officers were deployed to the scene, along with 80 firefighters, securing the roadway, providing on-site care and interviewing witnesses.

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The driver first hit a group of passers-by “before continuing his race” for about 150 to 200 m and then finishing it “in a window”, said Mr. Cablitz.

“I was sitting near the fountain and I heard a loud noise, then I saw a person flying through the air” after being hit by the car, witness Frank Vittchen told AFP.

The driver “left at high speed on the sidewalk but he did not brake”, then “he returned to the road and fled”, he added.

Another witness, who refused to give his identity, assured AFP that he had run into “a group of students” aged “15 to 16 years” before running a red light and continuing his race. “at excessive speed”.

According to several media, the deceased victim is a teacher who accompanied this group. A body covered with blue and white blankets was lying on the road in the hours following the tragedy, AFP journalists found.

The Renault Clio, registered in Berlin, was also visible, embedded in the store window, passenger door open.

Stupefaction

The facts aroused astonishment, with the social-democratic mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, saying she was “deeply upset”, as was the German government.

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They took place near the Memorial Church, a landmark monument in the western part of the German capital, located on one of Berlin’s busiest shopping streets, the Kurfürstendamm.

It is also there that on December 19, 2016, an Islamist attack with a ram truck killed 12 people on a Christmas market located at the foot of the church.

Several car-ramming attacks have been carried out in Germany in recent years by drivers suffering from psychological disorders.

One of the most serious was perpetrated in April 2018 in Münster. A man drove a mini-van into a group of people gathered in front of a restaurant, killing five of them, before shooting himself dead.

In December 2020, a 51-year-old drunk and psychotic driver killed five people, including a baby, and seriously injured 14 others when he drove into a pedestrian area in Trier just before Christmas.

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