Driver overtakes on cycle path and kills pedestrian crossing road in Brussels
Monday, 01 April 2019
A 30-year-old woman from Brussels died on Sunday morning in a traffic accident on Avenue de Jette in Koekelberg, according to the Brussels-West police. The victim left Parc Elisabeth in Koekelberg at around 11.30 a.m. and wanted to cross Avenue de Jette via the pedestrian crossing at Rue De Neck. Two vehicles stopped to let the woman cross, but a Volkswagen Polo drove past the stationary cars along the right side of the bicycle path and hit the woman head-on.
The woman was knocked ten metres away by the blow. Emergency services rushed to help, but all the help came too late, and the woman died on the scene.
The 19-year-old driver was arrested and questioned by the public prosecutor but was released on Sunday afternoon. The young man, who was heavily affected by the events, did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and had no previous offences to blame. At the time of the accident, there were two passengers in the Polo.