Driver in deadly Koekelberg car accident had invalid driving permit
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    Driver in deadly Koekelberg car accident had invalid driving permit

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    None of the three people involved in a deadly accident in Brussels in March possessed a valid driving permit, with one person’s permit having been revoked following abuse of alcohol.

    On March 31,  a car hit a 30-year-old woman who was crossing an avenue in Brussels Koekelberg municipality, killing her on the spot.

    The accident took place after a Volkswagen Polo attempted to overtake other vehicles at a stop by driving on the bicycle lane, hitting the woman head-on.


    According to La Capital newspaper, the 19-year-old driver possessed a provisional permit and was only authorized to drive if at least one of the other passengers in the car was in possession of a valid driving permit.

    The paper reports that the owner of the vehicle was the only person in possession of a driving permit, but it had reportedly been suspended only hours prior to the accident after a test revealed her blood-alcohol levels were of at least 1.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood.

    The driver, who picked up the woman after she was taken to the police station, in April said that, after offering to take over the wheel from a drunk friend, the accident left him feeling “like a victim” too.

    Following the test, the woman, who was taken to a police station, was later picked up by the 19-year-old driver.

    In Belgium, the standard legal limit for alcohol levels in the blood is of 0.5 gram per litre of blood.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times