NATO state’s protection chief sacked after deadly automotive crash

NATO state’s protection chief sacked after deadly automotive crash

Croatia’s Mario Banozic allegedly precipitated the lethal collision whereas overtaking a truck on a foggy and slippery street

Croatia’s Protection Minister Mario Banozic has been dismissed from his submit following his involvement in a visitors accident that left one particular person useless and him severely injured, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkoic introduced.

The accident occurred on Saturday morning, close to town of Vinkovci, in japanese Croatia and was allegedly Banozic’s fault. In keeping with media experiences, the politician was driving his personal car and was making an attempt to overhaul a truck on a moist, slippery street and in thick fog, when he collided head-on with an oncoming van, pushed by Goran Saric, 40, who was killed immediately. 

Banozic sustained severe accidents to his mind, chest and limbs and, allegedly, doesn’t keep in mind the accident. After receiving emergency remedy at Vinkovci Normal Hospital, he was transported to Osijek Scientific Medical Middle.

“We expressed our condolences to the Saric household by the mayor of Vinkovac who visited the spouse of Mr. Šarić within the early afternoon, we’re involved with the spouse of minister Banozic,” the Prime Minister mentioned in an announcement to journalists.

“In these circumstances, that are really extraordinary on account of this severe visitors accident, I relieved Banozic of his duties as Minister of Protection,” he added, additional confirming that the State Secretary Zdravko Jakop was approved “to imagine all the crucial obligations, in order to make sure that the protection ministry features in the absolute best method.” 

Plenkovic didn’t elaborate on the place the ex-defense chief was going or the place he was the evening earlier than, however mentioned that on the time of the accident, Banozic was off obligation and as a “protected particular person of the 2nd class” he was entitled to drive his personal automotive. 

The police investigation is ongoing, with native media reporting that no alcohol was present in Banozic’s blood. 

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