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Berlin: Driver’s health studied in sidewalk swerve, 4 deaths

September 7, 2019
A destroyed car stands between rubble on a piece of land in Berlin Germany, Saturday,early Sept.7, 2019. Four people were killed in a serious traffic accident in the Mitte district. An off-road vehicle had raced over a sidewalk and through a building fence into a building plot and had killed passers-by in the process. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
A destroyed car stands between rubble on a piece of land in Berlin Germany, Saturday,early Sept.7, 2019. Four people were killed in a serious traffic accident in the Mitte district. An off-road vehicle had raced over a sidewalk and through a building fence into a building plot and had killed passers-by in the process. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police are investigating whether a health issue caused a driver to lose control of his Porsche SUV and veer onto a sidewalk, killing four people.

Police in the German capital say a 3-year-old boy, a 64-year-old woman and two men in their late 20s died in the Friday evening accident. Five others were injured.

Police say a blood sample was taken from the 42-year-old driver of the SUV and he was treated at a hospital for head injuries. He had two passengers in the vehicle, a 67-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl.

Berlin police said Saturday: “Initial indications that a medical emergency involving the driver could have been the cause, as well as all other witness statements, information and evidence, are part of the investigation.”

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