Man charged for killing cyclist with car door

A man from Helsingborg in southern Sweden has been charged with manslaughter for killing an 89-year-old cyclist after opening his car door into the cyclist's path in July.

The cyclist received a cerebral hemorrhage and later died. According to prosecutor Anders Månsson, the 46-year-old man acted recklessly and lacked care and caution when he opened his door, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD) wrote on Friday.

The man asserts that he looked in the rear-view mirror before he opened the door and that he only opened it halfway. He claims that after he opened the door, he heard a light thud, the report said. When he looked out, he saw a man and a bicycle lying diagonally in front of the car.

According to the newspaper, the driver had just parked his car when he opened the door.

The cyclist did not have time to react and rode into the door. He hit his head when he fell to the ground and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, then died a week later from injuries he sustained from the accident.

The man was charged for breach of traffic regulations and manslaughter, Månsson told HD.

The evidence against the man primarily consists of an eyewitness account and a medical report stating that the injuries from the accident caused the 89-year-old’s death, the report said.

The eyewitness recounted that she saw the cyclist ride into, then fall over the door.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.