A van driver was detained by Turkish authorities after a video went viral showing a passenger tied to the back of their vehicle. The driver, identified only as Idris K, was taken in today according to local media.
The incident itself became one of the most watched videos on social media in Turkey this week, thanks to the footage captured by the passenger of another car in Cankiri’s Yaylakent district, as reported by the Hurriyet Daily News.
As for what charges are being faced, that information hasn’t been released as of right now. We expect something in the vicinity of reckless endangerment, which can stick whether or not your actions were intentional or premeditated. As long as you can potentially harm somebody, you’re going to have to answer for it.
Of course, judging by the intricacies of those straps, it definitely looks as though they were put there specifically to hold another person in place, although we have no way of knowing if this was a one-time/first-time incident, or perhaps something that had been going on for a while, as a way to allow more people “onboard”.
Either way, it was dangerous and clearly against the law. It’s easy to imagine what could have happened had that passenger fallen onto the road at any given time. However, since no reports indicate otherwise, we assume they at least made it safely to their destination.