One week after four people were killed in a crash in the Invalidenstrasse, the SUV driver's apartment was searched. This was Tagesspiegel from police circles.
At the same time, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecution confirmed the corresponding "picture" report. It was a search warrant for a 42-year-old apartment obtained and executed last Friday.
Investigators are looking into whether the driver of the SUV, Michael M., actually suffered from epilepsy. Asked if there were indications that the defendant was suffering from epilepsy or other chronic illness, the prosecutor said that evidence was being provided that would now be evaluated.
Following the Sept. 6 accident, in the midst of a 67-year-old mother, the businessman stated that he had an epileptic seizure. The woman was sitting in the car as a front passenger, and the man's child was sitting in the back seat.
She is resolute against Michael W. on suspicion of negligent homicide. He was briefly in hospital under police protection after the accident. According to the prosecutor, the man is still silent about the accident and may be represented by a lawyer.
The man has been silent about the accident so far and can be represented by a lawyer. And now he has made statements to the prosecutor. As a spokesman for Tagesspiegel said in the evening, the SUV driver's lawyer said there was "acute medical attention".
The investigation now addresses the question of whether a man can predict a health situation, a prosecutor spokesman said. Translated, this means investigators are checking whether the driver could have acted not only inattentively, but in danger even intentionally.
On the evening of September 6, a 64-year-old woman, her three-year-old grandson and two men, a Spanish woman, 28, and a Briton, 29, were killed in a crash in the corner of the city of Invaliden-Ecke Ackerstrasse.
The mother of the murdered child and her second child had to watch the accident. The 64-year-old victim lived in Hesse, where he worked as a vocational school teacher, and retired in the summer.
Investigating the cause of the accident is difficult
She is said to have visited Berlin to help her daughter take care of her three children. The British and the Spaniard were a couple and wanted to build a life together in Berlin.
The SUV passed the Invalidenstrasse, heading east, into the opposite lane, past a series of cars waiting at traffic lights. Then Porsche raced at a crossroads toward a traffic light, rolled over several times, knocking down four victims and building a fence with him.
Investigating the cause of the accident is difficult. About 50 witnesses have been registered so far. They will be gradually questioned by the specially established Invalidenstraße Investigation Team, consisting of six officers.
However, the problem is Most witnesses did not see Porsche racing along Invalides Road. Most consider themselves so-called "devices": They only looked at each other when they heard the impact of the car.
The State Attorney's Office has also hired an assessor to investigate the impact of the accident. Data on the SUV and the video of the Dashcam taxi driver recording the crash are also being evaluated.
Investigators cannot access patient data
The search for a Porsche driver has also become necessary as investigators of a man's doctor do not just access his patient records. It would even be difficult to obtain a court order, because in the records of patients in the so-called possessors of professional secrecy, under the Criminal Procedure Act, there is a prohibition on seizure.
However, if documents related to possible illnesses are found in the home, they can be seized during a search and used as evidence.
Epileptic seizures in which patients lose control of their bodies or continue their actions without awareness can only be demonstrated in one fifth of patients. If the driver of the SUV is an actual epileptic, it should also be clarified whether he has informed the driving license body and whether he has complied with the deadlines.
Epileptics are prohibited from driving, driving licenses are not revoked. Only after various periods in which no seizure has been seen can they be repositioned behind the wheel.