Scots tourist killed ‘taking selfie’ on busy German motorway

Dean Steele, 22, died on the motorway near Gudow in Schleswig-Holstein.
Dean Steele, 22, died on the motorway near Gudow in Schleswig-Holstein.
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A Scottish tourist has been killed after being struck by a car while apparently trying to take a selfie on a busy motorway in Germany.

Dean Steele, 22, was struck by an Audi A6 car in the town of Gudow in Schleswig-Holstein while on a trip with two friends.

Reports in Germany said the British Gas worker was taking selfies with his mobile phone on the roadway when tragedy struck.

Mr Steele and his friends were visiting a motorway rest area in Gudow but then appeared on the central crash barrier separating the driving lanes of the A24 motorway.

The 73-year-old Audi driver from the nearby town of Lauenburg hit Mr Steele, who died at the scene of the accident on Sunday morning. The driver and Mr Steele’s friends escaped uninjured but were treated for shock.

The Scot, from Uddingston, Lanarkshire, was a Celtic fan and had watched his side’s 5-1 victory over Rangers on Saturday.

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Tributes have been paid to him by friends and an online fundraiser has been set up to help his family bring his body home and pay for his funeral.

Joseph Cheney posted on Facebook: “Absolutely lost for words. Can’t believe this. One of the boys one of my best mates has passed away. So many great nights out n memories of you absolutely gutted man.”

His cousin Abigail Steele wrote: “Absolutely devastated rest in peace Dean cuz love you always till I see you again.

“I am so proud to call you my cousin we love you and miss you so much Dean.”

A Facebook post by his local pub The Laughing Buddha in Viewpark read: “It is with a heavy heart that we are informing you all that one of our regulars Dean Steele has passed away in tragic circumstances.

“For those of you that don’t already know, Dean was involved in an accident in Germany.

“We are hoping all of our staff and customers can come together at this terrible time to help his family get Dean home. There will be a collection in the bar for anyone wishing to contribute to the cost of getting him home for the send off he deserves.

“Everyone here at Laughing Buddha is absolutely devastated at this news and are thinking of Deans family at this sad time.”

A JustGiving page has been set up to raise £2,500 to help Dean’s family through their ordeal.

German police said the men had been staying in Hamburg the night before the tragedy and then went by train and taxi to Gudow to stay there in a motel.

They said the men may have been drinking before the crash.

The identity of the dead man had not been formally released last night but a spokesman for the Foreign Office said relatives were aware of his death.

A Foreign Office spokesman said last night: “We are supporting the family of a British man who sadly died in Germany on April 30 and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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