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Chief of Skoda Dies in Car Accident

November 25, 1996

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ The head of the automaker Skoda has died in a car accident, the CTK news agency reported today.

Skoda chairman of the board Ludvik Kalma died Sunday night near Horosice, 75 miles south of Prague, CTK said.

Police said Kalma’s car collided with a truck at a crossing. There was no information on whether the truck driver was injured.

The unidentified truck driver was charged with causing bodily harm, police spokesman Martina Kolarova said, according to CTK. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Germany’s Volkswagen owns 70 percent of Skoda, which is the Czech Republic’s largest producer of passenger cars.

Kalma was driving an Octavia, Skoda’s new medium-sized sedan, which went on sale earlier this month.

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