Former culture minister dies in car accident

FORMER Culture Minister František Tóth, 43, died in a car accident on June 13.

According to police spokeswoman Martina Kredatusová, Tóth was returning from a campaign rally at around 15:00 when his car was hit by a passenger train at a railway crossing in the western Slovak village of Šelpice, in the Trnava region. He was killed instantly.

Police suspect the accident occurred because Tóth went through a red light.

Tóth served as culture minister from June 2005 to April 6, 2006. Prior to that, he had worked as Slovakia's deputy education minister. He was a member of the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO), but left and co-founded Nádej, a party that is competing in the upcoming general elections.

Tóth's party peers, as well as former colleagues, were shocked and distraught at the news. Top state officials have expressed their deepest condolences to his family.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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