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World Disabled Driving Champion murdered
23 February 2006

The driving world has been shocked by the tragic death of World Disabled Driving Champion, Elek Taczman of Hungary and his wife, Ica.

Taczman, who won the individual gold for the second time in succession at the 2004 IPEC World Championships for Drivers with Disabilities held at Hopetoun in Scotland, and his wife Ica, the assistant director of the local Pusztamonostor elementary school, were found dead in their home in Jaszbereny, Hungary on Saturday 4th February.

According to the Hungarian News Agency and Magyar Nemzet Online, Taczman, 51, had been stabbed and his wife, Ica, 44, beaten to death. Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok County Police captain, Istvan Hazi later confirmed that the couple's 21-year-old son, also named Elek, who had earlier claimed to have discovered his parent?s bodies after returning home from a party, had confessed to killing them himself.

Those who knew the twice World Champion, Elek Taczman senior said he was an excellent sportsman who lived for his driving. ?Every day he began tending his horses at five in the morning and his family often didn?t see him until ten at night,? recalled neighbour Palne Kocsis, and the local school director said that his wife Ica was ?an earnest teacher whose every act was determined by good intention.?

Friends in the driving fraternity and supporters who attended the World Championships for drivers with disabilities remembered the Hungarian champion, who spoke no English but entertained everyone at the Championships with his flowing schnapps and good humour. He will be very sadly missed.

Andrew Cowdery