A 21-year-old drunk driver killed a 45-year-old wheelchair-bound in a hit-and-run incident in České Budějovice on Saturday night, a police spokeswoman said. The driver was apparently going too fast and hit the man in the wheelchair who was riding on the side of the road, instantly killing him. He then drove off but had another accident later when he drove into parked cars. The 21-year-old driver has been arrested, and faces up to six years in prison.
A pilot had to be airlifted to hospital on Friday after crashing a
cropduster in a field in the Náchod area. Emergency crews arriving at the
scene found the agricultural aircraft shattered and on its roof, some 50
metres from the nearest road.
Two weeks ago, an ultralight crashed in the area with two people on board. They suffered only minor injuries and were treated on the spot.
The Czech government is expected to approve a Transport Ministry amendment aimed at getting infrastructure projects – currently stalled – back on track. The completion of both highways and railway routes depends on winning over disaffected landowners by offering better prices for arable land than they had until now.
The authorities in Prague say they will not pay the amount demanded by the company eMoneyServices to continue licensing the Opencard, an electronic card used for travel and other services in the city. Mayor Tomáš Hudeček said on Tuesday that an offer it received from eMoneyServices was unacceptable. He said City Hall was preparing a tender process to select a new card system; such a move would evidently put paid to the controversial Opencard, which has cost close to CZK 1.2 billion.
The recent tragic case of a Czech policewoman killed by a hit-and-run driver high on drugs has led to calls for stricter rules that would keep repeat offenders off the road. The man responsible for the officer’s death had been behind the wheel despite having received an incredible 11 driving bans. The authorities are now considering measures to prevent such cases from happening again – but also warn of a steep increase in the number of Czechs caught driving under the influence of drugs.
A four-seater plane crashed in the vicinity of Sulice, near Prague on Thursday afternoon. The plane was carrying a family of four, two of them small children, but no one was reported hurt in the accident thanks to the fact that it fell from a low altitude. The plane overturned, spilling fuel but did not catch fire. The cause of the accident in under investigation.
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