A 38-year-old Hungarian man jumped in front of a Railjet train in Lower-Austria, together with his six-year-old daughter. The incident happened on Tuesday night, and since then, the shocking tragedy has become national news in Austria.
At first, the news announced said that a man who lives in Austria had jumped in front of a train in Sollenau, together with his child, and they both died, says Index.hu. The driver of the train reported that he could have run over a third person in the dark as well, but the search teams found nobody else in the area.
Police are still investigating the shocking matter. It seems very likely that it was a suicide. This also seems to be confirmed by what has been published in the Austrian media about the man and his family.
The Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, figured out that the man was an amateur tennis player with family problems. His wife, who had previously been chosen as the beauty of Lower Austria, divorced him a few years ago. The man could never accept this and repeatedly threatened to kill her and their daughter as well.
The first threats, according to the Austrian court, were made around the fall of 2017, and from then until February 2018, they were repeated several times.
For the next three years, he reportedly abandoned them, but in July 2021, he once again threatened his ex-wife. He was saying that he would push her in front of a train with her daughter.
That threat was already followed by a court case: on November 15, 2021, the man was finally sentenced to twelve months in prison and a fine of €720. In addition, they were required to undergo psychotherapy during the probationary period.
The police is doing their best to figure out what happened, says spokesman Andreas Winter.