Last Saturday a Porsche 996 GT3 driver killed a Toyota Yaris driver in a high speed accident on the German A95 Autobahn near Munich. Police and eye witness reports suggest the Porsche GT3 was on its way to Munich travelling at very high speeds when the driver lost control over the vehicle at the Starnberg interchange.

For some unknown reason the Porsche spun on the bend through the interchange, slid through the grass onto the connecting onramp of the A952 autobahn in direction Munich. It then collided with a Toyota Yaris driven by a 67-year old woman. The impact with the Toyota was so brutal that it flipped multiple times before coming to a halt on its roof next to the autobahn. The Porsche slid further and came to a rest, also besides the motor way a good 150 meter further.

The woman that drove the Yaris had to be cut out of her vehicle, and although still conscious right after the accident, her condition worsened. She had to be resuscitated at the roadside before being rushed off to a nearby Munich hospital where she died only hours later. The Porsche driver and his co-pilot survived the accident with only light injury. Police reports suggest the Porsche was travelling at between 250 km/h and 300 km/h at the time it lost control. The total accident path was over 600 meters long and the highway was closed off for hours causing long traffic jams.

The stretch of autobahn where the accident happened has no speed limit. However the bend through the interchange and the merging traffic ahead certainly doesn’t allow for these kind of speeds. Sadly its because of incidents like this that more and more parts of the German autobahn network receive a speed restriction!

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  1. Welcome to Germany – where drivers automatically receive awesome driving skills after buying a Porsche… 300km/h are perfectly fine when it's clear on our beloved Autobahn. It's nuts to go that fast next to an interchange.

  2. 250km/h ist nothing but a nice traveling speed on most unrestricted parts of the German Autobahn. Some parts however had problems with suddenly cracking concrete surfaes due to the heat, this might also have triggered this accident (there was already atleast one fatal accident with a motorbike due to this).
    Not even the green party calls for 120km/h. If you ever drive in Germany, get used to higher speeds – overtaking someone means planting your foot hard into the carpet and passing as quickly as possible so that you don't stall the oncoming traffic behind you. If you pull out look into your side mirror several times, judging the speed of oncoming vehicles can be tricky if you're not used to it. Remember that (and that there's a law to stick to the right lane if it is free!) and you'll be fine.

  3. Speed is not the cause of all accidents, in fact an AA survey found inexperienced drivers to be the main cause , then drink drivers , then tiredness , then doddering old drivers whom should of had their license revoked , then using mobile phones / other distractions. In fact speed was only a contributory factor in 5% of accidents & even then not necessarily the cause. However in motorbike accidents the % involving speed went up to over 80%.

  4. "For some unknown reason the Porsche spun on the bend through the interchange" 1) It's a 911 2) The driver probably lifted 3) Because speed + poor driving + 911 = snap oversteer.

  5. Hayke sisi u- 120km ayingo wase Germany, bona baneza freeways zabo zi- unrestricted, hence they produce powerful engines and fast cars. Nathi ke apha eMzantsi sibe excited zezi Gernam cars, Benz, BMW, Audis and then umntu afune uyi- driver at 220km/h, alibale uba speed seza moto is not compatible with regulations zalapha. So uthenga imoto expensive yet you cannot realise its full potential. So lo ke ebesenza lento imoto yakhe is designed to do.

  6. Most of the German Autobahns I have driven have speed limits at interchanges and from what I've seen on the whole these limits are observed. Tragic that the lady in the Yaris didn't survive. The guy who killed her will have this on his conscience for the rest of his life.

  7. A clear case of failure to maintain "reasonable control" of a vehicle, which is a violation everywhere. Many, if not most, "excessive speed" crashes are _under_ the speed limit and under conditions like snow, rain, ice, and fog, but it's possible even under good conditions to spin out a vehicle. Probably should have an curve-specific advisory speed.

    Fatality rate on autobahns: 2.0 deaths per billion-travel-km; on other main rural roads: 8.7!
    "The speeding fatality rate for local roads is three times that for Interstates".


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