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Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong

Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong

The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.

After schoolboy Raphael Wittmann, 14, ended up in intensive care and later died, neither the charity or Porsche had bothered to get in touch or offered to help, and as a result the family are now demanding compensation.

The teenager was an enthusiastic footballer until he was diagnosed as suffering from cancer just over a year ago. Despite intensive therapy at his home in the Austrian capital Vienna, the treatment was not a success, and his parents were given the tragic news that he was unlikely to live.

Determined to make sure that his last days were as good as possible, his father managed to arrange a holiday for him in the sun. Shortly before that was contacted by the children's cancer charity Kinder Krebshilfe to invite Raphael for a drive in a high-performance car on the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna.

As a worker on the Vienna public transport network and a single dad, Franz was unable to afford to offer his son a similar opportunity.

But the 'Porsche Forum Austria Charity Excursion' event ended for Raphael within minutes of starting when the powerful Porsche 986 crashed into traffic coming the other way, leaving the teen in intensive care with two broken legs. The force of the crash was so intense that the youngster had even bitten off his tongue, and had to be airlifted by helicopter to hospital in Vienna.

The tragic consequence of the accident was that he spent the last weeks of his life in the intensive care ward suffering from severe injuries. His holiday to Tenerife had to be cancelled, and the only acknowledgement he got of his suffering from those who caused it was the gift of an iPhone from the driver of the car which had crashed with Raphael inside. It was a phone he used to send the youngster pictures of his own holiday in Greece in a misguided attempt to cheer him up.

His father Franz, 47, believes that the accident robbed his son of the will to live. He said: "After the hand that fate had dealt him, he just didn't have the strength to go on any longer."

And although the matter might have ended with the youngster's death on 5 July, his father is still angry at the way they were treated by the children's charity. After the accident he said nobody had contacted them and nobody had offered to anything to help.

The family have now contacted Viennese lawyer Dr Astrid Wagner to take the charity to task. He said: "I want justice for my dead boy. Not me."

The lawyer Dr Wagner said: "It was a charity event but these things should be properly organised and that means that the should be insurance as well as anything else. But the children's charity claim they didn't organise it, but won't tell us who did."

She said that as a result they had no option other than to take legal action against the charity.

The family is furious that despite the tragic end to their event, neither Porsche or the children's cancer charity had done anything at all to try and improve the situation for the injured boy.

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