A Donegal man who stabbed and injured three people in Germany has been named as Enda McLoughlin, a Donegal native who is understood to have been released from an Irish prison in April.
The 27-year-old had fled the scene of his third stabbing when he was hit and killed by a car driven by an English couple.
The stabbings took place around two taxi journeys between the Netherlands and Germany starting at 1am on Monday.
McLoughlin had first hailed a taxi in Heerlen to be taken across the border to Aachen in Germany
He later stabbed the 50-year-old driver and left him in a a serious condition.
He fled the scene, and stabbed his next victim, a German man who was parking his car.
When the man, who has also been hospitalised, protested he did not have the money he demanded from him McLoughlin stabbed him.
He hailed a second taxi and was on the way to Cologne, when the second driver received a radio warning over his radio about the previous incidents.
Luckily, McLoughlin did not understand the message so it gave the opportunity for the driver to escape.
He offered his customer the chance to stretch his legs when he pulled into a nearby lay-by, and when McLoughlin accepted he sped away as soon as he left the car.
However, a Lithuanian truck driver was parked in the lay-by and he was left in a critical condition when McLoughlin made him his next victim.
Instead of stealing the lorry he ran onto the autobahn where he was hit and killed by an oncoming car.
It has now been revealed that McLoughlin from Carndonagh in County Donegal had 23 previous convictions for various offences.