Turkish writer Serbes sentenced to 13 years in prison in car accident case
A court in the Aegean province of İzmir on July 12 sentenced writer Emrah Serbes to 13 years and four months in jail for killing three people from the same family in a car accident in September 2017.
A 59-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter were killed at the scene on Sept. 22, 2017, while his 51-year-old wife later lost her life at the hospital.
Serbes’ friend Kenan Doğru, who was also in the car, first claimed responsibility for the accident, however, Serbes later admitted to the crime and turned himself in on Sept. 28.
The court in İzmir sentenced Doğru to one year in prison.
In the courtroom, Serbes said he was “deeply sorry.”
“This was an accident that occurred because of reasons beyond my control. I wish I had died,” he said.
The writer also dismissed claims he was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Serbes is best known for the “Behzat Ç.” books that have been adapted to a popular television series.