Report: Speed a factor in Pantelidis crash
Popular Greek singer Pantelis Pantelidis who died in a car crash Thursday was not wearing a seatbelt while the Mercedes he was driving was traveling at 100-150 km/h when it left the roadway, according to early reports.
Experts are continuing to investigate the causes of the accident.
Two female passengers, aged 30 and 21-years-old, were seriously injured in the crash which occurred at 8.20 a.m. on Vouliagmenis Avenue in the area of Elliniko, southern Athens.
Pantlelidis’s funeral will take place at the Athens suburb of Nea Ionia on Saturday. Fans of the late singer will have a final chance to say goodbye as his coffin will go on display ahead of his funeral.
Only one day after his tragic death, Pantelidis was set to premiere at a popular night club in Athens, along with Despoina Vandi and Kostas Martakis. It is truly a loss for his loved ones and all that he touched through his music during his all-too-short life.
Pantelidis was born in Athens in 1983 and grew up in the neighborhood of Nea Ionia. A self-taught musician, he abandoned a career in the Hellenic Navy to pursue his musical ambitions.
Four years ago, everyone was talking about the “Pantelis phenomenon” the young man who sang and played his guitar on Youtube. His talent soon became recognized and Pantelidis ended up performing in Greece’s biggest music halls, right next to the biggest stars. His first album “Alchoolikes Oi Nyxtes” came out in 2012, reaching double platinum status.
More of his songs became hits and are still playing on the radio. According to Pantelidis, his songs were based on personal experiences or stories of dear friends including a song written for his mother, named “Athena.”
Pantelidis always performed for a full house in the clubs he was featured in and people loved him for his simplicity and his down-to-earth personality, which came across in interviews as he always appeared shy and dressed in plain jeans and a pair of Chucks. He was well liked among his colleagues and everyone had a good word to say about him.
However, traffic expert Panayiotis Madias who performed an autopsy on the location that the popular singer was killed, he says that Pantelis Pantelidis had not developed high speed.
Sources: Kathimerini, Greek Reporter