The accident happened near the seaside resort of Koksijde in January of last year. A friend of the driver's who was in the car was killed in the accident. The driver was doing 160 km/h where only 90 km/h is allowed.
The car was catapulted off the road and summersaulted into a verge. Two passengers on the back seat were injured. One man died in the crash.
The driver, who had only had his licence for two years and has a previous conviction, was taken to task for reckless driving. The defendant’s absence in court did not endear him to the judicial authorities either.