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Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted in woman's death in road accident

The case attracted international attention because Carl and brother Olympian Oscar Pistorius were in court, at the same time, for the deaths of two women.

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Carl Pistorius was acquitted Tuesday in a South African court of the unlawful killing of motorcyclist, Maria Barnard, in a 2008 traffic accident. The brother of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is pictured here (L) with sister Aimee on February 22, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Carl Pistorius cried in a South African court on Tuesday after a magistrate acquitted him of the unlawful killing of motorcyclist Maria Barnard in a 2008 traffic accident, the Associated Press reported.

The brother of Olympian sprinter and double-amputee Oscar Pistorius is free on charges of culpable homicide and negligent driving.

The court ruled Barnard, 28, was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she collided with Pistorius’ “bakkie” or truck, according to the South Africa’s Times newspaper.

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"We are satisfied with the end of it all. We are delighted," Carl Pistorius’ lawyer, Kenny Oldwage told South African Broadcasting Corporation, according to NBC News.

Barnard died a few days after the accident.

Meanwhile, Oscar Pistorius is still due in court for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend, model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Valentine's Day.

Pistorius has said death was an accident and that he thought she was a burglar breaking into his house.

The news comes a day after the South African sprinter said he will not race next year, Agence France-Presse reported.

 

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