A terminally-ill boy’s “dream ride" in a Porsche granted by a children’s cancer charity left him with broken legs and his tongue bitten off after a traffic collision.
Raphael Wittmann, 14, was placed in intensive care after the sports car crashed in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria, on May 17. He died two months later, the Daily Mail reports.
The charity, Kinder Krebshlife, contacted Wittmann’s family earlier this year and invited the teen for a drive in the high-performance car.
But the event took a tragic turn when the Porsche 986 crashed into oncoming traffic, leaving the teen in intensive care with serious injuries for the last two months of his life.
Wittmann’s father Franz says the accident robbed his son of the will to live.
“After the hand that fate had dealt him, he just didn't have the strength to go on any longer,” he said.
The only acknowledgement his family claimed they received from the charity was an iPhone from the driver who was behind the wheel when Wittmann died.
The family has hired a lawyer, Dr. Astrid Wagner, who said: “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. But the children's charity claim they didn't organize it, but won't tell us who did.”
When The Guardian newspaper reached out to Karin Benedik, head of the charity, she said: "We are speechless. 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.”
She added that the event was organized by Porsche Forum, which declined to comment on the case.