Three young men were killed and one were seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in the Drenthe town of Hooghalen on Saturday night. All four of the passengers are believed to be related, and three of the passengers are reportedly brothers from Syria.
Translation by Traci White
UPDATE: Tuesday, 8:53 a.m., 19 March
RTV Drenthe reports that the 16-year-old boy who was in the car succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Three of the young men involved in the fatal crash were students at Drenthe College in Assen and held a gathering in remembrance of their late students.
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the two passengers who died may have been a 25-year-old man from Smilde and a 20-year-old Syrian man who was living in Westerbork. The other two passengers – a 20-year-old and a 16-year-old – were reportedly also Syrians living in Westerbork, both of whom suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital on Saturday night.
The police have not yet confirmed the identities of the passengers, but multiple sources have told the Dagblad that the three young men from Westerbork were brothers, and the young man from Smilde was their cousin.
The crash happened around midnight on the Laaghalerveen in Hooghalen on Saturday. The driver appears to have lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, but the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The 20-year-old who was hospitalized is believed to be in stable condition, but the 16-year-old remains in critical condition. The 16-year-old passenger is reportedly a member of the VKW football club in Westerbork. The team held a minute’s silence before their match on Sunday against GRC Groningen.
Friends of the victims placed flowers at the tree where the crash occurred over the weekend and described the young men as beloved members of their local community. The family from Westerbork has been living in the area for several years and had developed a close bond with their neighbours.