A collision earlier this winter between a car and a large truck on slippery roads in Northern Norway set off a national debate over commercial vehicles that aren’t well-enough equipped for winter driving conditions. Now the young man in the car has died from the serious injuries he sustained in the collision.
The death of Charlie Dan Lind, a 22-year-old law student, was announced by his mother on Thursday night, more than two months after the driver of the truck lost control of his trailer. It slammed into Lind’s car on the E8 highway in Troms and he’d been in a coma ever since.
The collision set off a wave of vehicle inspections that revealed how many heavy trucks lack winter tires. The driver of the truck that collided with Lind was sentenced on Thursday to 90 days in prison but avoided having to pay compensation to Charlie Lind’s family.
Ramona Lind’s son died later that afternoon, and she let it be known that she’s angry over the loss of her son. “My thoughts go to the politicians and transport ministers who for years have been aware of the challenges we have with winter roads but nonetheless chose not to make changes that could have hindered this accident,” she told state broadcaster NRK. “We must wish one another ‘good luck’ next winter. Today it was my son (who died), who will be next?'”