Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is being investigated for involuntary manslaughter after a 27-year-old engineer was killed in a test track accident caused by an intern. Apparently, the intern somehow wound up with the keys to an unspecified fast car, and things turned sour.

Daimler says the investigation is a "formality," and that a judge has already decided that Daimler can't be held liable. The investigation came after the parents of the dead engineer said that Daimler had no business putting an intern behind the wheel.

*UPDATE: According to Reuters, German public prosecutors have just announced that they are dropping pursuit of involuntary manslaughter chargers for Zetsche.


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      Mundotaku
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think someone is not going to get a position after their internship.
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      Ryan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here I was thinking it was an investigation into his role in trying desperately to kill Chrysler...
        mapoftazifosho
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I think the man you're looking for is named Bob Eaton. If it wasn't for Daimler...Chrysler wouldn't be around...
          Frank
          • 4 Years Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          Dumbler did no favors for Chrysler. You need look no farther than how FIAT is doing with them. If Daimler wants to "merge" with other companies I hope they are learning something from FIAT. As for Bob Eaton, there is a special place in automotive hell reserved for him. Hmmm - Firmslaughter... I'll have to add that to my vocabulary.
        Soccer Mom
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        True enough, although that will be more of a case of negligence than voluntarily firmslaughter. Daimler lost a big chunk of change on that deal too.
          LostBoyz
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          Well, except for the rainy day fund that padded Daimler executive retirement funds, forcing mercedes parts on chrysler cars to reduce their other costs, and stealing the next-gen viper platform for the sls. Other than that, yes they lost a lot.
          rlog100
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          Daimler netted more than they lost in the raid on the rainy day fund alone. They bled Chrysler of all its capital in multiple other ways as well as mismanged their operations. Like continuing to pump out large amounts of the old minivan long after the new minivan was introduced. My only question is why did cerberus step in and whitewash the raid on Chrysler's capital by Daimler? If they had still had the rainy day fund, they wouldn't have gone begging to the government in '08. Cerberus taking over kind of Shield Daimler from the money trail.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Claud
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, you'd think an engineer would know better.................
        Hazdaz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Reading comprehension > you. The engineer was the one killed. It was an intern's fault.
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      Frank
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Carlos/Renualt/Nissan is real careful with this deal they got going with Daimler.
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        LostBoyz
        • 4 Years Ago
        Having a driver's license doesn't teach you how to drive a fast car on a track. Sounds like he had improper or no training.
      ExoPlanet
      • 4 Years Ago
      Little Daimler will be taken over in the next 5-8 years anyway by one of the giants (VW, FIAT). Their volume is too small and costs are too high for the future auto industry. The only way to survive going forward would be major platform sharing, engine sharing and spreading out costs. As it sits for them right now they have a bullseye on their forehead.
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