Intoxicated driver hits group in Germany; 1 killed, 6 hurt

Associated Press

Berlin – An intoxicated driver drove his car into a group of people standing outside a bar in southwestern Germany early Sunday, leaving one person dead and six injured, police said.

Police said that the driver, a 51-year-old local man, was driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street when he plowed into the group shortly after midnight in the town of Pirmasens.

A 39-year-old man was killed and six other people were hurt, some of them seriously. A test found that the driver was nearly four times above the legal alcohol limit for driving.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led up to the driver striking the group of people and police had yet to question the man, who was taken to a hospital for tests, by Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said that he had fled the scene of another traffic collision nearby shortly before, police said.