GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva police say a fatal two car accident in Vernier, canton Geneva, may have involved a 21-year-old drunk driver. The crash happened at 05:00 on 29 December
Police said the man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit the second vehicle stopped at a red light. The two cars were pushed 50 metres by the impact and both burst immediately into flames. The driver that rear-ended the first vehicle escaped with minor injuries, the driver of the second car was trapped.
It took firefighters and rescue services several hours until they were able to extricate the victim from his vehicle. RTS reports that he worked as a security guard but it is unclear if he was coming or going to work. Geneva police have identified him as a 28-year-old Frenchman.
A preliminary investigation reveals that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash as the 21-year-old had an alcohol level of 1.59. Switzerland’s limit is 0.5 per 1,000.
This is the 11th fatal road accident in canton Geneva in 2012.
The road was closed until after 10:00.