Exactly one year ago on Sunday, a police officer was killed in a tragic car chase in Lausdorn.

During the night from 13 to 14 April 2018, a motorist fled a police check and consequently sparked a chase. The chase eventually ended in a collision between two police vehicles. An evaluation shedding light on the circumstances of the collision was allegedly completed on 2 April.

The following day, the public prosecutor’s office in Diekirch published a statement announcing the accusation of two individuals. According to information obtained by RTL, the driver who attempted to flee from the police was formally indicted on 15 April 2018. The other police man involved in the collision was indicted one month later, on 17 May 2018. Both individuals were charged with involuntary manslaughter and accidental injury.

What happened?

During the night from 13 to 14 April 2018, an individual leaving a restaurant turned around when he saw that a major police check was taking place on Wämperhaart in Weiswampach. The police initiated a chase but were unable to locate the 37-year-old driver who was hiding at a gas station.

When one of the police men saw an undercover police vehicle in Lausdorn, he stopped and asked whether they had seen the driver they were trying to track down. As nobody had seen him, the officer turned his car around - which was when the tragic accident occurred: another police van that had joined the chase a little later crashed into the turning car.

The driver was dead on the spot. The passenger, a police woman, was left with life-threatening injuries.

The administration of the emergency services admitted to flawed reactions following the crash, and first responders should have been sent to the scene immediately.