The Ghost driver who injured six, did not have a valid driver’s license and was under the influence: “He wanted to cause a collision” (Beveren-Waas)
Six people were injured in a fatal collision between a wrong-way driver and a taxi on the E17 road in Beveren on Saturday morning. The wrong way driver, a 24-year-old man, turned out to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs and had previously contacted the police for driving under the influence. In addition, he does not have a valid driver’s license, the public prosecutor of East Flanders reports. He had not yet been interviewed Saturday afternoon.
The BMW driver drove to the E17 but took the opposite route towards Ghent. A little further, the car went straight to the taxi. The driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with minor injuries. There were five people in the taxi: the driver and four passengers. The right front passenger was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
“I don’t understand how anyone can do that”
The taxi was owned by Razatec taxi company from Antwerp, which was founded last year by Ahamd Raza. “We are a small company with four cars. The driver who had the accident was only on the job for two weeks,” the man said. “Half an hour earlier, he had picked up four customers, two men and two women, from the Middelheim museum restaurant in Antwerp to take them to Ghent-Dampoort. Unfortunately, they never got there.”
Ahamd Raza meanwhile has managed to talk to the driver. “He was very happy and said he had done everything he could to avoid the collision. But the driver of another car hit the road, deliberately planning to cause a collision. I don’t understand how anyone can do that.”
“I pray that everyone recovers from this accident. That is the most important thing,” says Ahamd Raza. “More important than losing the car. I hope that all will be resolved by the insurance,” concludes the owner.
The driver of the BMW, a 24-year-old man, tested positive for alcohol, according to the East Flanders public prosecutor, and was also under the influence of drugs. He does not have a valid driver’s license and will have to answer to a police magistrate. He was previously contacted by the police for drunk driving. The man turns out to be an employee of a company in Zwijndrecht.