According to the latest reports from Austria, Jörg Haider got quite drunk at a gay bar in Klagenfurt in the hours just before his fatal car accident.
A Bottle of Vodka, and Then He Started the Phaeton
Klagenfurt, October 17 2008
After all, things were a bit different. Before his death drive, Haider visited a local bar, and in company of an unknown person drank vodka.
The riddle of the last hours of Jörg Haider’s life has largely been solved. This also answers the question of where the leader of the Kärntern province got so drunk that he lost control of his VW Phaeton with 1.8 promille of alcohol in his blood.
Haider was in the Klagenfurter bar “Zum Stadkrämer” and it appears that he, in company of a young man, got drunk quite fast. Haider entered the room in company of the man, and was sitting with him at the table, as shown by the photos that ÖSTERREICH is now able to publish:
When Haider left the room shortly after 1 AM, the 58-year BZÖ leader appeared to be visibly drunk, not able to walk straight. So worrisome that another guest had offered him a ride home, which Haider turned down.
Haider’s last drive:
[Map here. The text items from the map points are given below.]
1) 4:30 PM Haider leaves “Hotel Moser Verdino” and goes to his apartment. 2) 7:30 PM Haider arrives at the opening of Bem Vindo” in Klagenfurt. 3) 9:45 PM In “Le Cabaret” in Velden is the last of his public programme for the evening. 4) 10:30 PM Haider leaves the garage of Casino Velden for an unknown destination.
? Where was Jörg Haider in the time interval between 10:30 PM and 11:15 PM ?
5) 11:15 PM Haider appears with company at “Zum Stadkrämer” and stays until shortly after 1:00 AM. 6) 1:18 PM With an alcohol contents of 1.8 parts per thousand Haider drives to his death at a speed approaching 170 km/h.
The would-be helper has reported details to the leading state official Gottfried Kranz, who confirmed this on Thursday.
Volkswagen, which manufactured the Phaeton in which Mr. Haider died, has not ruled out sabotage. The company is anxious to demonstrate that the car should have negotiated the curve successfully, even at such a high speed.
As throngs of right-wing crowds gathered for his funeral today, makers of the VW Phaeton limo he was driving insist their car is one of the safest in the world and should have survived the crash.
VW spokesman Peter Thul claimed that someone with access to Haider’s car key could have manipulated the car’s electrics.
The car giants have sent their own experts to examine the wreckage and search for signs it may have been sabotaged.
Thul told The Sun: “It is a fact that Haider was going too fast, but such a speed on that curve is not a problem for the car’s physics.
“The Phaeton and Audi A8 are the safest of all. You’d need the key to manipulate the electronics, so someone at a garage would have to tamper with it.”
This story gets curiouser and curiouser. What will emerge next?
Hat tip for the Daily Mail article: JD.