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Boy with cancer dies after charity 'dream ride' crash

His family sued the charity, similar to Make a Wish, after the terminally ill 14-year-old bit off his tongue, broke both legs, and later died in intensive care

The Guardian

VIENNA, Austria — The parents of a 14-year-old boy who had terminal cancer are suing an Austrian charity after their son died when a Porsche he was travelling in as part of an event for sick children crashed.

The accident at the Porsche Forum Austria charity trip at the end of May happened when the Porsche Boxster 986 hit another vehicle head on, leaving Raphael Wittmann in intensive care with two broken legs and other injuries.

Several weeks later, he died in Donau hospital in Vienna. His father, Franz, 47, said that between the accident and his son's death, on 5 July, the family were not contacted or offered help by either Porsche Forum or the children's cancer charity Kinder Krebshilfe, who had invited them to the event.

Read full story: Parents of terminally ill boy sue charity over car crash at event for sick children

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