An Austrian man who was Europe's first to use a mind-controlled artificial arm has died after an auto accident, European news agencies report.
Christian Kandlbauer, 23, died Thursday after his Subaru crashed into a tree and burst into flames near the Austrian resort town of Bad Waltersdorf on Tuesday, the Austrian Independent reported.
Kandlbauer had lost both arms at age 17 when he suffered a 20,000-volt shock, BBC reported.
Kandlbauer’s right arm was a conventional mechanical prosthesis, but the left arm was connected to nerves implanted in his chest that allowed the device to respond to his thoughts, Austria's English-language Herald Sun reported, citing the Kleine Zeitung newspaper.
It had not been determined whether the bionic arm was a factor in the crash, the Herald Sun reported.