Jörg Haider’s successor in Austria’s BZÖ party has confirmed that the late party leader was intoxicated — totally hammered, actually — when he crashed his car at high speed and was killed.
Stefan Petzner, the new BZÖ leader, is trying to lay to rest all the conspiracy theories about Haider’s death. According to Reuters:
Austria’s Haider was over drink limit before crash
VIENNA (Reuters) — Prominent Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider was over the legal drinking limit when he died in a high-speed crash in his car at the weekend, a party official said Wednesday.
Haider, 58, was killed in the early hours of Saturday when the car he was driving at 142 kmh (88 mph), around twice the speed limit, crashed off a road in the southern province of Carinthia, where he served as governor.
“It is correct that… Joerg Haider was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. I can, and must, confirm that,” said Stefan Petzner, the new, 27-year-old leader of Haider’s Alliance for Austria’s Future party.
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Austrian media reported that the amount of alcohol in Haider’s blood was nearly four times the legal limit.
Petzner, who had been Haider’s spokesman, urged the media to stop speculating over the circumstances of his mentor’s death.
“Press the ‘stop’ button right now and end the coverage of the accident,” he said, pointing out that no one else was injured in the crash. “Joerg Haider has paid the greatest price possible: his life.”
Hat tip: Henrik.