By Cathy Elelman • 16 March 2020 • 19:41
SENTENCE: The defendant must pay €1,200 and loses his licence for two years
A MOTORIST has been given a €1,200 fine for going into a teenager on a pedestrian crossing in Marratxi while driving under the influence of alcohol.
The driver was going along the Ma-2040 close to the Festival Park commercial centre in January last year when he hit the 16-year old on the zebra crossing.
The youngster suffered injuries to his back, head and legs in the incident, and was in hospital for several months.
A Guardia Civil patrol did a breathalyzer at the accident scene, which showed the driver had alcohol levels at double the permitted amount.
The public prosecutor accused the motorist of recklessly causing injury and violating traffic safety, and called for a five-month prison sentence and the withdrawal of his driving licence for three years.
Last week the public prosecution office reduced the request to the fine and to the loss of his licence for two years after reaching an agreement with the defendant and his lawyer.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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