Fatal stunt caught on tape

A 19-year-old Oslo man was hit by a car and killed Saturday night in Askim. The accident occurred when the man had lain down in the road dressed up as a figure from children’s literature while two friends filmed the stunt.

26.04.04 11:32

Relatives are in shock and the police said they have never seen anything like this before, as the details connected to the fatal accident is unravelled.

According to Operational Commanding Officer Knut Jahr at Follo police district said that the deceased is a 19-year-old man from Oslo. He was on his way home from a business trip to Sweden for an Oslo based firm, travelling with two colleagues, a 28-year-old woman and 24-year-old man.

Dressed as characters from Finnish children’s literature, armed with a video camera, their game soon turned dangerous, and ended in a fatal accident. They are not suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

In middle of the road
«The 19-year-old went out into the road and lain down in the middle of the road while he was being filmed,» Jahr explained. «One car came, and it managed to swerve past. Then the man had lain down across. Shortly thereafter, he was hit and killed.»

30 seconds after the stunt started, a young man had lost his life. The 19-year-old died instantly.

The police got the call at 9:45 p.m. Saturday. The three of them were returning from a work assignment in Sweden. They turned off E18 and stopped at Sekkelstenkrysset between Askim and Slitu in Østfold to take a break.

Worked in the entertainment industry
«We don’t know what kind of stunt this was,» Jahr said, who stated that the three of them worked for the Oslo company Peak Entertainment, offering entertainment for children and youth.

Jahr said the police do not rule out that the three of them were inspired by the stunt entertainment like the television show «Jackass.»

«The accident has to be viewed separately, but we will of course warn youth against doing such stunts,» Jahr said to TV 2 Nettavisen.

As a routine, a blood test was taken of the driver who hit the 19-year-old, but there are no suspicions that the driver was under the influence. The person was in shock and was offered professional help from health personnel. The police also talked with the driver of the car who managed to swerve and avoid hitting the 19-year-old.

«When the case is finished investigated, the prosecuting authority will discuss possible reactions to the people involved,» Jahr said to TV 2 Nettavisen.

Whether or not the colleagues of the 19-year-old can be blamed for not acting and trying to stop the accident will be the central question in the case.

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