crime & justice

Man Stands Trial in Road Rage Death

A 23-year-old man began standing trial in Helsingborg on Monday to determine if the death of a 78-year-old woman in a parking lot in Landskrona was the tragic result of an unintentional push—or a calculated blow with murderous consequences.

Drawing on witness accounts from the woman’s husband and others present in the parking lot, prosecutor Göran Olsson has charged the man with aggravated assault and negligent homicide. The 23-year-old is also being prosecuted for assault of the woman’s 71-year-old husband.

The fight began as the older couple attempted to park outside of a grocery store. After honking at the 23-year-old, whose car stood in the way, the older man went forward to the car to tell him to move.

The younger man opened his car door, causing the elderly man to fall. His wife ran to his aid, later falling to the ground during the tumult, suffering severe brain damage from which she never awoke.

The husband has said that the young man “walloped” the woman, while the 23-year-old holds that he took a step backward without knowing that anyone was behind him.

The case has enflamed much emotion especially in the southern end of the country, leading the trial to be moved from the district court in Lund to that in Helsingborg.