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Teenager 585 hp Mercedes run over: process against Totraser started

The trial against Seyit C. (33), who killed 16-year-old Ruben W. in his Mercedes in February 2019, began in Leipzig on Monday.

Leipzig – The Mercedes-AMG that was launched in February 2019 had 585 hp Leipzig the life of 16-year-old student Ruben W. wiped out. For almost three years, his family had to go to the process wait against Totraser Seyit C. (33). The main trial against the Turk, who had never made a secret of his penchant for high speeds, started yesterday, Monday.

Ruben's parents are joint plaintiffs in the process - and look at the accused with his two defense lawyers.

Ruben’s parents are joint plaintiffs in the process – and look at the accused with his two defense lawyers. © Ralf Seegers

It is less than ten meters that Seyit C. sits away from Matthias M. (56) and Maria W. (53). While Ruben’s parents look at the accused, he looks petrified to the ground.

“I’m really terribly sorry that I brought misfortune to the family,” stammers the Turk, who is the father of a son himself. He doesn’t want to say more at the beginning of the trial.

It was February 12, 2019 at 7:22 p.m. when two people in a hurry met. Ruben, who wanted to catch a tram on Jahnallee that was already pulling into the stop on the central island. When it was red, he ran across the road.

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And Seyit C., who initially drove behind the tram and then accelerated past on the right.

The student didn’t stand a chance. When the windscreen shattered on impact, the Mercedes was traveling at 87 km/h, as a Dekra expert found out from the on-board computer. In the clinic, Ruben succumbed to his massive injuries.

If the Mercedes driver had stuck to the 50 km/h speed limit in town, Ruben would still be alive today. At least that’s what the expert’s time calculations show.

“The boy would have run out of the vehicle contour and the accident would not have happened,” explained Dekra expert Peter Zicker.

"lawn kills" – Ruben's friends hung up this banner opposite the Leipzig district court.

“Turf kills” – Ruben’s friends hung up this banner opposite the Leipzig District Court. © Ralf Seegers

Seyit C. used to openly admit to his penchant for high speeds. With Protzer videos on Instagram – once the filmed speedometer showed 320 kilometers per hour.

Photos posted shortly after the accident – including one with his own son on the bonnet of the repaired car – make Ruben’s parents doubt the authenticity of the regret expressed in court. His Instagram account has now been cleaned up.

Even after the accident, Seyit C. still committed numerous speed violations according to the driving aptitude register. A second charge also accuses him of continuing to drive a car without a license – including with a fake Polish license.

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During a police check, he is said to have injured two officers with a stun gun.

The process continues.

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