Third cyclist dies after drunk driver crash on Costa Blanca

ONE of the cyclists hit by a drunk driver in Costa Blanca has died, bringing the death toll up to three.

Jose Antonio Albi Valero was unable to recover from his injuries, and passed away at the La Fe de Valencia Hospital on Thursday (May 11) according to the Javea council.

The tragedy comes just days after thousands paid their respects at the funeral of another who was killed in the incident.

Eduardo Monfort’s hearse was escorted by hundreds of cyclists from across the region to the San Bartolome Church in Javea.

It was revealed that the driver who mowed down the cyclists, Mavi SC, was handed a four-year ban for drink driving in 2013 and had not taken a ‘re-education course,’ meaning she was also driving without a licence.

She has been denied bail and faces charges for manslaughter, GBH and dangerous driving.

Andres Contreras, son of Luis Alberto who died at the scene, and Scott Gordon remain fighting for their lives in hospital.

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    • john

      12 May 2017 • 10:25

      For God’s sake … why only “manslaughter”? Why not MURDER?
      If “murder” became the obligatory charge for killing-with-a-motorcar it might at least deter a few people from driving when drunk.
      And what about the bar owner who allowed this woman to get in her car and drive away on her killing spree?
      As a Brit I very much liked Copenhagen a few years ago — and possibly still today: bar owners and their staff were BY LAW required to ascertain who, in a group, would be the intended driver at the end of an evening … and would allow them only two alcoholic drinks — and then only coffee or soft-drinks after that. And a would-be driver on his/her own who had been drinking would be asked for their car-keys and sent home by taxi. Everyone seemed to accept all this … and in fact seemed much, much happier for such carefulness.
      But in Spain today, I suppose, it would very likely be viewed as interfering with a bar-keeper’s trading rights! Oh my!


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