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Driver Charged with Reckless Manslaughter following Fatal Crash

  • The deceased has been named as Vanessa Patrico, a 32 year old mother and daughter of the ex- president of the Sant Joan PP

Vanessa Patricio died yesterday morning after being hit by a vehicle as she walked along the side of a road close to the airport.

Scene of the accident: Segio G Canizares

The 32 year old mother was walking close to her place of work, the Volkswagen dealership, close to the Cepsa petrol station. She was hit by one car following it being hit by another in a collision just before 9am Thursday 9th February.

Drivers of both vehicles, a Seat Altea and a Land Rover were, were reported as unharmed bu the emergency service 061.

One of the drivers involved in the collision and several workers from companies in the area called 061 at 9.05am, to report that a pedestrian had been hit by a car in front of Iborra Hermanos, located on the road parallel to the airport highway.

Paramedics attending attempted resuscitation for 25 minutes, but could not revive the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.

As best we can make of the translation , which is pretty tricky in getting it right in this type of situation, the Seat was making a left hand turn, but the Landrover went to overtake it when doing so. The impact between the two cars pushed the Landrover across the road where it struck the woman, who was waiting for a colleague to go to work close by.

The Local Police of Sant Josep are in charge of the investigation. Later in the morning a press release was issued by San Jose town hall stating that the Landrover driver failed a breath test, that further tests could not be conducted as they were in shock, but they voluntarily agreed to have a blood test.

Scene of the accident: Segio G Canizares

Speaking following the tragedy the mayor of Sant Joan, Antoni Marí, said they were “appalled” by what happened. “She was a very young person and had a one and a half year old baby” said the mayor.


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