Austrian Pol Driving Twice Speed Limit in Fatal Crash

Austria grieves extremist chief's death after right gains big in elections
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2008 5:44 AM CDT
Fans of Joerg Haider light candles in his memory at the site of the accident that claimed his life in Lambichl near Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Gert Eggenberger)
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(Newser) – The controversial leader of an ultra-right movement in Austria was driving twice the speed limit when he careened off a road and fatally crashed into a cement post, authorities revealed. Joerg Haider was driving 88 mph in a 40mph zone when the crash occurred Saturday, reports the Guardian. Thousands of his countrymen turned out to mourn Haider at a memorial service yesterday just weeks after right-wing parties made historic gains in national elections.

"Haider died as he lived—always full of gas and over the limit," wrote a newspaper editor.