German Track and Field Official Killed By Javelin to the Throat
Dieter Strack, a 74 year old German man, was officiating a youth track and field meet in Dusseldorf on Sunday when he was killed by a strike to the throat by a javelin. He died on Monday due to the injury.
Police have opened an investigation on the incident, but all indications point to the death being of an accidental nature. I feel like this should go without saying, given that it was a youth track and field event, but I guess police are obligated to say things like that. I don’t imagine a teen in a javelin throwing contest would have the diabolical mind or aim required to hit and kill an official at will, but that’s just me.
According to reports, the competitor who threw the fatal javelin was a 15-year-old, and is receiving psychological counseling after the horrific incident.