October 16, 2008

Haider 'drunk' in fatal car crash

Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last Saturday, an official from his party has said. Stefan Petzner, the new head of Mr Haider's Alliance for Austria's Future (BZO), said the blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.

Mr Haider, 58, was driving alone after leaving a nightclub early on Saturday when his car crashed and overturned. Police have said he was travelling at 142km/h (88mph) in a 70km/h zone. The accident occurred south of Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, where he was the provincial governor.

"It is correct that... Joerg Haider was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. I can and must confirm that," said Mr Petzner.

He said he had made the announcement because of widespread rumours that Mr Haider had been driving drunk.

Mr Haider's car overturned a number of times, causing him serious head, chest and spinal injuries. He died on the way to hospital. Mr Haider had reportedly been due to attend his mother's 90th birthday celebrations later in the day. Mr Haider was known for his anti-immigration and anti-EU policies.

The BZO was one of two right-wing parties that did better than expected in general elections last month, fuelling speculation of a possible role in a ruling coalition. His deputy, Mr Petzner, took over as head of the BZO after Mr Haider's death.

Mr Haider was first elected as governor of Carinthia in 1989. He was forced to resign in 1991 after he made comments praising the employment policies of Nazi Germany. He was re-elected governor in 1999 and 2003.



Anonymous said...

So he was pissed AND he was speeding. Nice. The far-right is SO into law and order.

John Tyndall. said...

I'm sure the Jews did it.

They got to me and Ian too, you know.

Anonymous said...

He could have killed other pedestrians and motorists, and so hopefully people will stop gushing rivers of tears for the dead nazi, in Austria.

Dark Poet said...

"He could have killed other pedestrians and motorists, and so hopefully people will stop gushing rivers of tears for the dead nazi, in Austria."

Sorry about the tears but I'm laughing so much I just can't help it

Cyclop's Missing Eye said...

Haider's just a common criminal who, if he hadn't have died, would have merely added yet another offence to his criminal record - kind of fitted in well with the BNP's prison-friendly clique, me thinks, lol

Anonymous said...

It gives a whole new meaning to the salutation "88"!

88 (mph)! LOL.

Anonymous said...

I think posters have got the wrong end of the stick. Haiders old party the FPO (Allies of the BNP) attacked Haider as being a liberal and a traitor to the nation. When his party said the FPO leader was a poor copy of Haider they said he was a copy of Helene Schmidt (the Liberal/Lib Dem leader.