When the prey gets too big: an uncommon road accident involving a motorcyclist, a car and a bird

Tschui, Joëlle; Feddern, Nina; Schwendener, Nicole; Campana, Lorenzo; Utz, Silvia; Schweizer, M.; Jackowski, Christian; Zech, Wolf-Dieter (2016). When the prey gets too big: an uncommon road accident involving a motorcyclist, a car and a bird. International journal of legal medicine, 130(2), pp. 463-467. Springer 10.1007/s00414-015-1188-0

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We present the postmortem findings of a fatal road accident involving a motorcyclist, a car, and a common buzzard. Both the motorcyclist and the bird died on the scene of the accident and were examined by postmortem full-body CT and autopsy. In addition, a facial injury of the motorcyclist was compared with the dimensions of the buzzard’s beak and claws by 3D scan technologies. Blood splatters collected on the bird’s beak, feet, and tail were examined by DNA analysis. The overall findings suggested a collision of a common buzzard with a motorcyclist in full speed, causing the motorcyclist to lose control of his vehicle and crash with an approaching car on the oncoming lane.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Molecular Biology

UniBE Contributor:

Tschui, Joëlle; Feddern, Nina; Schwendener, Nicole; Campana, Lorenzo; Utz, Silvia; Jackowski, Christian and Zech, Wolf-Dieter

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0937-9827

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

05 May 2015 16:58

Last Modified:

26 Feb 2016 09:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00414-015-1188-0

PubMed ID:

25895067

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.68067

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/68067

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