TURNHOUT – A 65-year-old Dutch driver who in may last year, three fietssters doodreed in the Flemish municipality of Kasterlee has a driving ban imposed. The magistrate in Turnhout sentenced him to a driving ban of a year, half of which is conditional.
The Public Ministry had a suspended sentence and a driving ban of four years is required. The lawyer of the Dutchman had argued that consciousness was lost, but according to the judge, he was behind the wheel asleep.
The three women were with nine friends (between 65 and 76 years) of a cycling club from the nearby Retie on the path. When they wanted to cross over 90 km per hour should be driven, they were scooped up by the car.
Two victims died on the spot, a third died a few days later. Three others were injured.