Dead teen’s family awarded 270,000 euros in damages

A first instance court in Athens on Friday awarded damages of 270,000 euros to the family of an 18-year-old killed in a car crash eight years ago after ruling that the ambulance service (EKAB) had been slow to react.

The teenager was at the wheel of the vehicle, which hit a lamppost at 70 kilometers per hour after skidding in wet conditions.

A call was placed to EKAB at 1.14 a.m. but the ambulance did not arrive until 1.46 and the 18-year-old was not admitted to the hospital until 2.10 a.m.

Doctors said that had he been brought in a little earlier, his life would have been saved.