Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the first released photo of a tragic Syrian boy who was killed in an illegal car race in Germany as the trial gets underway this week.
Ali, 6, fled to Germany with his mother Nirsin and older brother in 2015 after his father was killed.
They settled in the city of Dresden and he was snapped sitting on a bus one week before he was supposed to start school.
Tragically, that dream was never fulfilled as he was reportedly run over and killed while walking with his brother Mohammed, 9, and another friend, 8, by a motorist taking part in the illegal car race.
The three boys had just left the local branch of Lidl after buying sweets when he was hit by a Mercedes driven by a motorist identified as Mohammad F., 32, also originally from Syria.
The police said at the time he had been racing another Syrian driver identified as Mouhammed A., 24, heading from Kesseldorfer to Budapester Strasse on the evening of 22nd August.
The Mercedes driver lost control and hit the boy, sending his body flying 20 metres through the air before smashing through the glass of a nearby bus stop.
The boy was killed instantly.
The Mercedes driver was a local builder while the younger man worked as a waiter. They face up to 10 years in prison for illegal motor racing resulting in death if convicted.
Police who reconstructed the accident said the Mercedes was travelling at least 90 kph (56 mph) when Ali was killed.
Prosecutor Juergen Schmidt revealed that the child had been thrown 21.5 metres through the air due to the force of the impact. His small body hit the window of a bus stop, smashed through it, and landed six metres further away.
The young boy’s mother, who was pregnant at the time of the accident and gave birth to a daughter shortly afterwards, is severely traumatised by the loss, according to court papers.
Schmidt said: “It is especially tragic that her living room window looks out directly at the bus stop where her son died. An attempt to get her another apartment so far not succeeded.”
The court case continues on Wednesday.
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