The Osnabrueck prosecutor announces the date for Dr. Zetsche’s investigation, it will be on September 19,2011. This is in line with complaint filed by a parent of the 27- year old test engineer who died on the Papenburg test track.
The parents of the test driver said that the accident was due to the negligence of supervisory duties of the senior employees of Daimler.
But Daimler released a press statement on September 16 saying:
With regard to reports about criminal charges and preliminary investigations of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, represented by Chairman of the Board of Management Dieter Zetsche, concerning alleged gross negligence resulting in death, the Company states as follows:
In legal proceedings against the perpetrator of the accident before the Papenburg District Court on July 12, both the judge and the public prosecutor explicitly stated that the company Daimler, and consequently also the Chairman of the Board of Management, were in no way to blame. In fact, the court found that the driver was solely to blame because he did not look straight ahead at the road in front of him for a distance of several kilometers. The initiation of preliminary investigations of the Board of Management is a pure formality. We assume that these proceedings will be discontinued.