Dutchman Dies After Attempted Attack on Queen

Assailant killed 5 by ramming his car into crowd
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 5:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – The man who drove his car into a crowd at a parade in an attempted attack on the queen of the Netherlands died of his injuries today. Five people were killed and 12 injured after 38-year-old Karst Tates rammed his car through two police barricades and careened toward an open-top bus carrying the royal family.

Tates is believed to be a security guard who had recently been fired, but he had no criminal record or history of mental illness. He admitted during his arrest that his attack was aimed at the royal family, said an official. "We are speechless that something so terrible could have happened," said Queen Beatrix, who offered her condolences to the victims and their families in a rare television appearance.