October 23rd, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Man with bionic arm dies in car wreck

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.

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  1. $Mman

    Science Malfunction.

    October 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Wow. Tell this story but ignore the Mexican border city party massacre because you want to see pot legalized in California. Disregarding the fact the turf massacres will move from the Mexican border cities to Californian cities.
    Poor story presenting decision making. I wonder if this requires a more significant reaction?

    October 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tomcat

      @Jim...... what in the frig does your post have to do with this blog??? Your an idiot!!!!! Keep your rants to yourself unless it has something to do with the blog topic!!!!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • American X

      Yeah – I guess there will be Turf wars – Just like when Budweiser and Miller fight bloody gun battles in the Streets for more liquor revenue – or you mean Turf wars like when Pfizer and Merck kill each other over who is going to sell more Valium – Xanax and Viagra – we really need to cut down on all those Legal Companies killing each other fro Territory.
      Last week I heard RJ Reynolds – Marlboro and Camel were having a shoot out because Camel was selling more cigarettes.. I really wish these Tobacco companies would stop killing people over territory.

      After four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 39 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 40 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

      October 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Seamus Wardowski

    Didn't help his driving any, obviously...

    October 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whocares


    October 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. slrman

    @Tomcat. It's "you're" as in "you are". Maybe you should learn a bit about your own language before you're calling people idiots?

    October 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stick dog

    @American X – what article difd you read

    October 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Floria sigmundi

    Talk about a hard life


    October 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. U.S. Major Captain John Smith

    The war on drugs is an good distraction from the real players in the drug buisness.
    Every day physicians act as shills for multi-billion dollar drug companies. Anti-depressants, anti-psychotics. These are marketed legally on TV.
    We should continue to lock up non violent offenders because the prison industry creates well paying jobs that are vital to the miraculous economic turn around we are pulling off in the land of the free.

    October 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisababy

    Did anyone else read the actual artical because this took place in Austria my thanks to those who stayed on topic those of you with a beer or some alcoholic beverage in thier hand your drug of choice is legal now lets try something that hasnt killed hundreds of thousands of people since it became legal may mr kandlbaur rest in peace at the ripe old age of 23 its sad after all this man went thru alot in his life to be ignored completely by 2 people with an axe to grind about a drug they obviously dont know a thing about idiots

    October 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. U.S. Major Captain John Smith

    Responding to previous comment. Apologize for the insensitivity.

    October 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. donna

    If the Mexican drug cartels are going to be running things at least they could try breaking into the Pharmaceutical Industry. I wouldn't mind legalizing them if they actually did some good, unlike alcohol. Even too much Budweiser can destroy brain cells. At least society is getting healthier, exercise and less smoking. Even so, I had to laugh at the statement by the Dow Chemical Company!

    October 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    The largest drug bust in history occured when the DEA busted the CIA by accident. (by fed. law the dea cannot investigate the cia) Shipments of this size require the head of the DEA to personally supervise shipments of this size. His dead body washed up on Virginia Beach two weeks later. Imagine what cities like LA would be like if the drug supply were cut-off. Pure mayhem. Now imagine mind-altering prescription pharmeceuticals being cut-off from the entire nation. That is what the goverment is trying to avoid by insuring our drug supplies.

    October 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    Tomcat. In the future if you're (see how I wrote you're) going to call me an idiot please use the correct word. Here's an example of the correct use of the word, your.
    Tomcat, please my give regards to the rest of the 5th graders in your class.
    Thank you.

    October 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim Brieske

    Ah shoot I messed it up, long day.
    Tomcat, please give my regards to the rest of the 5th graders in your class.
    Oh well, the example is best presented twice anyways.

    October 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Debbie

    I have to agree with tomcat, jim you are an arrogant ass.

    October 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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