“It ran down my legs”
Aargau woman declared hit-and-run in court with diarrhea
Anyone who causes a traffic accident must report it to the police. A woman from the Zofingen AG region failed to do this – for special reasons. Now she has been convicted.
The accident happened on Tramstrasse in Suhr AG.
A hit-and-run case was recently heard before the Aarau district court. The accused, a woman in her mid-thirties from the Zofingen region, had caused an accident on her own on Tramstrasse in Suhr. She then drove home in the damaged car.
No persons were injured in the accident. The driver herself was also unharmed. However, there was damage to the island protection post and the car. Various car parts and a license plate remained at the scene of the accident. As the “Aargauer Zeitung” reports, the woman tried to explain to the court why she did not inform the police.
The accident happened when her legs and feet suddenly itched. Because she leaned over to scratch her right hand, her left hand slipped off the wheel. As a result, the car left the roadway and collided with two island protection posts.
“I was terribly embarrassed”
The woman also stated that she was being treated by a doctor for a skin disease and was using cortisone preparations. Because of the medication, she had diarrhea – and peed her pants. “It ran down my legs, gruusig,” she said in court, as the “Aargauer Zeitung” continues to write. “I was terribly embarrassed. I couldn’t go to the police like that, that would have been inhumane.”
When she got home, the woman showered first. Instead of informing the police, she went to sleep afterwards. In order to justify herself in court, she first cited an update problem on her mobile phone and then an Internet problem, and she was unable to call the police the next morning either because she was so busy at work. Therefore, she only reported the accident in the afternoon. Only: The police had long since discovered the number plate at the scene of the accident. It was too late.
Reminiscent of the speed driver John L.
The diarrhea declaration was not enough for the court. It sentenced the woman to a conditional fine of 90 daily rates of CHF 130 and a fine of CHF 3,500. The defense attorney had demanded that the woman be convicted only for frustrating measures to determine her inability to drive, since an alcohol test could not be carried out due to the late report. However, the court found the woman guilty on all counts, including breach of duty after an accident and placing a vehicle on the road in an unsafe condition.
The amount of the daily rate was reduced to 90 francs because of the high credit and tax debts of the accused, and the number of daily rates was reduced to 45. For the same reason, the woman only has to pay 1,000 francs of the fine.
The case is reminiscent of the fast driver John L.*, who was flashed. The Bernese declared in court last year that he had severe intestinal problems. But the federal court did not accept this. (noo)
* Name known