German politicians call for SUV ban after four pedestrians killed in one incident
A Berlin mayor has called for the vehicles to be banned.
Politicians in the German capital of Berlin are calling for a ban on Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) following an incident in which four pedestrians were killed.
An involuntary manslaughter investigation was opened on Friday, 6 September, when a driver mounted the footpath in his Porsche Macan and struck several bystanders.
A 64-year-old woman, her three-year-old grandson, and two people in their 20s died as a result of the collision.
There were two passengers in the car, and it is not suspected that the deaths were intentional.
According to local media reports, there has been speculation that the driver of the vehicle may have suffered a heart attack before the crash.
In the aftermath, local and national politicians have called for SUVs to be banned from cities.
Stephan von Dassel, the district mayor of Berlin-Mitte, said that the "armour-like cars" don't belong in a city, noting "They are also climate killers. They are a threat even without an accident."
Oliver Krischer, a member of parliament for the Green Party, told Der Tagesspiegel that "the best solution would be a nationwide rule that allowed local authorities to set size limits" on vehicles.