Skydiver Baumgartner fined for road rage

2012-11-06 17:39

Vienna - Austrian daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner was convicted and fined on Tuesday for a road rage case in which he punched a lorry driver in the face.

The 2010 incident, which became publicly known last week, has dented the image of the 43-year-old who became the first man to break the sound barrier in free-fall last month.

An appeals court in Salzburg upheld a verdict from April, in which Baumgartner was found guilty of bodily injury and sentenced to a fine of €1 500.

In September 2010, Baumgartner stepped into an argument between a Greek lorry driver and a German motorist in a traffic jam in Salzburg. Baumgartner took the side of the German.

Baumgartner had appealed the verdict, arguing that he acted in self-defence after the Greek man kicked him.

  • chaze.damonze - 2012-11-06 17:43

    Why? did the truck drive over his mammoth sized balls?

      cjamneck - 2012-11-06 17:56

      Wha ha ha ha! Brilliant!

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-11-06 18:45

      This guy has got a death-wish. Some day his chute wont open. This time around, just in time.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-06 17:54

    Bro if you break the sound barrier you can punch whoever you want.

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-11-06 17:56

    2010? The heading makes you think it happened now.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-11-06 18:38

      it's called journalism

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-06 18:10

    Awesome, you can now tell all your mates at the pub that Felix punched you! You are now a celebrity

  • arenv - 2012-11-06 18:11

    Can't we get him to SA? we really need some help with the taxi drivers in this country.

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-11-06 18:14

    He broke the sound-barrier with his ass!!!! That trucker most probably telling his buddies the story over and over; "did i tell you that i once donnered that red bull guy..." and no one believes him. He must consider himself blessed.

      aspruyt - 2012-11-06 18:52

      I think he donnered the truck driver not the other way round =)

  • customdesign - 2012-11-07 08:54

    I drove a taxi off the road the other day, but you don't see me on the news

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