Some stories are so sad and depressing, they make you want to go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. This is one such story. 14-year-old Raphael Wittman was suffering from an unspecified form of terminal cancer when he was invited by the children's cancer charity Kinder Krebs Hilfe to a charity drive organized by Porsche Forum Austria. During the drive, the Porsche Boxster Wittman was riding in was involved in a head-on collision. Both of his legs were broken and he bit off his tongue in the wreck. He died seven weeks later, in a Vienna hospital. Now, his father is suing the charity, claiming that the accident robbed his son of the will to live.

"The accident set off a chain of events starting with the doctors putting him on new medication for the cancer he had. He was always a fighter, but suddenly he was saying that he was not going to fight any more," Franz Wittman told Austria's Kurier, according to The Guardian. "We would have had a wonderful last time together [on vacation] but it never happened because of the accident."

Father and son were originally planning to go to Tenerife to spend time together, although those plans were cancelled following the accident.

Franz Wittman is angry that in the weeks following the accident and his son's July 5 passing, the family was not contacted by the Porsche Forum or Kinder Krebs Hilfe, aside from the gift of an iPhone given to Raphael from the driver that was behind the wheel, The Daily Mail reports. Any compensation from the legal action, Wittmann says, is "not for me, it's for my son."

"We are speechless," Karin Benedik, the head of Kinder Krebshilfe, told The Guardian. "We helped this family, and now our name is being dragged through the mud. We don't want to say any more because we need to see what the accusations are, but as far as we're concerned we were not the organizers and are not responsible."

Wittman's lawyer, Dr. Astrid Wagner, seems to think her client is on sound legal footing.

"It was a charity event but these things should be properly organized and that means that the should be insurance as well as anything else," Wagner told The Mail.


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      skiligM
      • 5 Months Ago
      I guess there's a reason why this saying exists...No good deed goes unpunished.
      v6sonoma
      • 5 Months Ago
      Paul Walker can attest that charity events don't always go as planned and sometimes bad things happen that are out of our control. If the driver of the car was at fault then they can be held liable. If they were not then it's just really bad luck for a family to go through this. The forum really shouldn't be involved in any law suit. They tried to set up a nice thing for a sick kid. Nothing more. Nothing less.
        chucki42
        • 4 Months Ago
        @v6sonoma
        I used to do charity rides. one time a child threw up all over the interior. the parents thought it was the funniest thing. i had to replace the interior as the smell i couldnt get out.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 5 Months Ago
      "It's not for me, it's for my son" Yeah Bullshi t
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      We need more information on the accident. The Porsche was involved in it, but did it cause it? If the driver was being a douche and crossing center lines into oncoming lanes around blind corners, then the accident is his fault. If the Porsche was driving correctly and another car came into their lane and hit the Porsche, then go after the other car.
        Zoom
        • 5 Months Ago
        @IBx27
        That's for the insurance companies to decide.
          Ineed911
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Zoom
          So, basically, you completely agree with IBx27 - next time, just say that
      Kuro Houou
      • 5 Months Ago
      Seriously, it was an accident. Was it intentional or neglect that caused the accident? I'm sorry for their loss, but its sad they are trying to make money off their own child and rub his name in all of this, sham on those parents.
      Car Guy
      • 5 Months Ago
      A lawsuit doesn't bring the dead back. It's about the money. It's naive to say otherwise.
        k_m94
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        Damnit, so I won't be able to practice necromancy with this law degree?
          elanjacobs
          • 5 Months Ago
          @k_m94
          Unfortunately not. But if you get good enough you can cast an "endless gold" spell that works pretty well.
      Michaele
      • 5 Months Ago
      This sounds more like a lawsuit you would expect in the United States. I feel badly for the family, but it seems beyond standard liabilities in automobile accidents and the standard remedies, there isn't much there other than a very sad story. "Robbed of the will to live" really does sound like something an American lawyer would cook up.
        EXP Jawa
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Michaele
        It also sounds like something that would be difficult to prove in court. There's no way to substantiate it, I can only assume that they're hoping for a settlement outside of court...
          Michaele
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Agree re the settlement. If there is insurance, it's almost a done deal that there will be a settlement. It is almost never in the economic interests of the insurance company to go to trial.
          funguy6713
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          @EXP. Sure it can be proved that the medical injuries from the crash impacted the quality and effectiveness of his treatment and hastening the death of the boy.
          funguy6713
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Actually not...every car now has a black box. The crash data will be closely scrutinized from both vehicles to note any excessive speeding or anything else. Europe has never really had the privacy protections that we have here in the US, even thought recently they have been totally stripped away due to the Patriot Act...
      WindsWilling
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sad to see some adults try to make a few quick bucks off of their child. Maybe, maybe if it were the driver's fault then I can see it, but we don't have all the details. It is odd that the charity and the porsche club members didn't contact the family at all to give their condolences, even though not their fault.
        SloopJohnB
        • 5 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Few? I doubt it will be a few, and in any case the results of such an accident and the compensation thereto should not be any different than the death of someone who was not so physically challenged. If a healthy person was so injured and 'lost the will to live' and subsequently died, would it be any different? Perhaps a jury might decide the kid was terminal and the death had nothing to do with the accident…but that does not mean the parents should not have sued.
      Ross
      • 5 Months Ago
      No good deed...
      x19x19
      • 5 Months Ago
      No good deed goes unpunished. Very sad. As usual, the tort lawyers jump at another opportunity.
      car-a-holic
      • 5 Months Ago
      This just gives me that gross, sad, hollow feeling. Terrible... Twists of fate....
      Jarda
      • 5 Months Ago
      wow, just wow, the parents should be publicly humiliated and cast out of by their community, fckin vultures
        Michaele
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        Have you ever had a child with a terminal disease or one that's been through a horrific accident or killed? You need to shut up. The parents are deeply grieving and should be cut some slack right now. This will sort itself out according to the laws of the country it occurred in.
          Jarda
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Michaele
          You know why so many parents don't insist on a death sentence for those who actually *murdered* their kid? Because that won't bring their child back. Here we are talking about *an accident* that took place while someone was trying to fulfill a dream oft their kid. And the parents are trying to punish the organisation by milking it for some money. IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL A DEEP GRIEVING? Regardless of whether these vultures get the money THIS WILL HURT ALL CHARITIES. Good job!
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