This pedestrian is perfectly safe. File Photo: EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
Car stunt crims claim fake injury
Published: 09 Mar 2016
Austrian police are hunting at least two asylum seekers who have been throwing themselves in front of cars and then demanding compensation.
In one case, police confirmed they were questioning a 27-year-old asylum seeker who had tried the stunt in Klagenfurt in Carinthia. According to eyewitnesses, the man from Iran had been standing by the street until a car came along, and had then jumped in front of it.
He was taken to a local hospital, where doctors said he had not been injured. He had however demanded compensation for his injuries, but after police spoke to witnesses who said the man had deliberately jumped in front of the vehicle he is now being investigated for fraud.
A few hours earlier, police said there had been an identical incident – also in Klagenfurt – after a man had jumped onto a motorist’s bonnet.
The motorist said that he had instantly been surrounded by a gang of people who appeared to be asylum seekers who were demanding compensation for causing the injury.
Afraid that he was going to be attacked, he had driven off and called police a short while later.
Police believe that in both cases it was an attempt to get money from the car drivers.
Story courtesy of Central European News