Mike M. hits a cyclist in Dornach SO – 24 broken bones, 7 surgeries!
McLaren rowdy only has to go to jail for a year
Mike M. crashed into a cyclist on a test drive in a McLaren. Today, this is only 30 percent capable of working. In the first instance, M. was sentenced to almost 4 years for this – the Supreme Court is now showing mercy with the speeder.
Published: 13 minutes ago
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Mike M. at the court hearing in Dornach in 2021. He protested that he was very sorry for the terrible accident.
He loves fast cars – too much. When Mike M.* (26) rented a 570 hp McLaren for a test drive in the Basel area in June 2019, he ruthlessly pressed the gas pedal.
The result: After an overtaking maneuver at almost 100 km/h, he crashed into a blind curve near Dornach SO, lost control and crashed head-on into a cyclist. The then 38-year-old cyclist had to be flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. For this he was tried before the Solothurn Supreme Court. With the verdict: M. has to go to jail for a year. This is reported by SRF.
He had previously been punished much more severely in the first instance. He would have had to go to jail for three years and eight months. At that time he was convicted of attempted murder. The Supreme Court saw it differently. M. has now been convicted of serious, negligent bodily harm.
Cyclist had 24 broken bones
Shortly after the tragic accident, the McLaren rowdy was completely resolved: “I’m incredibly sorry,” said M at the time. His mother also protected him in conversation: “He usually drives like a grandfather and has never made such a mistake!” Nevertheless, it was clear that the Jurassic had to answer in court for his carelessness.
In October 2021, M. stood before the Dorneck-Thierstein judge’s office in Dornach SO. The victim also testified in court: The cyclist suffered 24 fractures, had seven surgeries, had to sit in a wheelchair for a long time and is only 30 percent able to work. During therapy, he had to learn how to ride a bike again.
The accused stated that he wanted to drive to a vantage point and that he knew this route. M. justified his daring overtaking maneuver: “I was sure every moment that I could overtake there.” He wouldn’t have taken the risk if he knew he was putting someone in danger. “Especially not myself.”
“I wouldn’t have risked my life”
The court finally sentenced him to three years and eight months in prison. M. was guilty, among other things, of attempted murder and qualified gross violation of traffic rules. “It was pure luck that the cyclist is still alive,” said the court president. He will have to live with the serious consequences of the accident until the end of his life. M. acted out of “pure selfishness”.
M. and the public prosecutor appealed. The case was moved on to the Solothurn High Court. On Monday, the McLaren rowdy had to answer for the tragic accident again, reports the “bz”. His defense attorney was convinced that it was negligent grievous bodily harm. Therefore, he considers a conditional prison sentence of 18 months with a probationary period of two years to be appropriate.
M. again asserted that he had not taken any risks: “If I had not been sure, I would not have overtaken. I would not have risked my life.” Before the Supreme Court, he repeated that he was sorry. The tragic accident does not let him go. That’s why he’s in psychotherapy. He now has the driver’s license that he had to give back. However, he rarely gets behind the wheel. (bab)
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