British man killed 'taking a selfie' on German motorway

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The German driver's damaged Audi - CEN

A British man has been knocked down and killed after apparently trying to take a selfie on a German motorway.

The man, named locally as 22-year-old Dean Steele, was with two friends when he was hit by a car on the A24 Autobahn in Gudow, near Hamburg, at around 11.40am on Sunday.

Dean Steele, 22, was named locally as the victim Credit: Facebook

In a statement, police in the nearby city of Lubeck said witnesses reported seeing the three men taking "cell phone pictures of themselves".

According to Scottish broadcaster STV, friends of the family dispute the police's version of events, saying the group was crossing the autobahn to get to their hotel after their taxi dropped them off on the other side. Another friend reportedly said they were crossing the road to catch a bus. 

The victim was hit by an Audi A6 being driven by a 73-year-old man.

Let's help Dean's family and give him the best send-off possible

A JustGiving page, aiming to raise £2,500

The three men had stayed in Hamburg before travelling to the area by train. Police said they may have been drinking prior to the crash.

But a family friend told the Daily Record:  "The boys were not drunk. The accident happened early in the morning and not at night."

Friends posted tributes to Mr Steele, who lived in Uddingston, Lanarkshire. Joseph Cheney wrote 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 [and] memories of you - absolutely gutted, man."

Abigail Steele, his cousin, 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."

Police talking to his friends at the scene Credit: CEN

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 Dean's family at this sad time."

A JustGiving page has been set up to raise £2,500 to help Dean's family through their ordeal. More than £2,300 had been raised by Monday afternoon. 

On the page, Mr Cheney writes: "We're raising £2,500 to help Dean Steele's family with the sudden death of their beloved son. Great friend of mine and so many more. Please donate what you can.

"Let's help Dean's family and give him the best send-off possible - what he deserves. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends." 

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "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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