Dutch professional football player (ex-STVV) gets 2.5 years in prison for a drunken accident in which a 4-year-old boy died

Rai Vloet — © EPA-EFE

A Dutch judge has sentenced professional footballer Rai Vloet to 2.5 years in prison. According to the court, it has been proven that the 27-year-old midfielder caused an accident due to reckless driving in which a 4-year-old boy died.

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The accident took place on November 14, 2021 near Hoofddorp, near Amsterdam. Vloet admitted that he had drunk liquor before getting into the car after an early ended party in Amsterdam. The former player of Sint-Truiden, among others – where he made two raids during half a season in 2019 – was in the car with a friend when he drove into another car without braking around midnight. Vloet was traveling at 193 kilometers per hour at the time of the collision.

Vloet’s friend initially took the blame by posing as the driver to the police. When the footballer later became aware of the tragic consequences, he decided to tell the truth.

The court “deems the seriousness of the traffic accident, its consequences, and the degree of culpability of the suspect so serious that an unconditional prison sentence is appropriate”. The public prosecutor had demanded 3.5 years in prison. Because Vloet was heavily under the influence of alcohol, the judge also banned him from driving for four years.

Vloet played football for Heracles Almelo until the beginning of last year, but then switched to FC Astana in Kazakhstan, and now plays football for the Russian FK Ural. Heracles decided to suspend him after it emerged that his involvement in the fatal accident was greater than the footballer had previously claimed.

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