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Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death
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Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death

Published: 27 Mar 2012 09:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Mar 2012 09:31 GMT+02:00

The 64-year-old German was riding her bike with her husband and some other tourists on the Spanish island, when she was hit by a car and smashed against a tree. She died on the spot.

“The cyclists were riding perfectly correctly. The driver first overtook the husband really closely, and then hit the woman,” a witness told Bild newspaper.

And although the driver initially stopped, he did not get out of the car, but accelerated away and disappeared, eyewitnesses said.

The regional news website Ultimahora.es reported on Monday afternoon that a Spanish criminal police inspector had been arrested, suspected of manslaughter, drunk driving and fleeing an accident.

His colleague who was also drunk and also in the car, and was arrested on suspicion of failure to render assistance.

The Majorcan police said an investigation would be conducted. The driver was reportedly not on duty at the time of the accident.

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Your comments about this article

10:50 March 27, 2012 by jg.
I wonder if the German authorities will press for a harsher sentence for the Spanish cop than that they gave to Benjamin Thomas Hobert?

Whilst working as a language teacher at the German embassy in Moscow, Hobert ran over and killed two students on a pedestrian crossing in Moscow. One student was killed instantly, the other was dragged for 100m before Hobert's Porsche Cayenne came to a halt. Police estimate his speed to have been almost double the 60Kmh limit and witnesses believed Hobert to be drunk. However, Hobert refused to cooperate with police and claimed diplomatic immunity. German authorities brought him back to Germany a few days later, where he was later given a one year suspended sentence, a one month driving ban and a 5000 Euro fine.
00:43 March 28, 2012 by Supermog
Where criminal acts are concerned, "diplomatic immunity" should be overturned. "diplomatic immunity" was originally devised to prevent hold-ups from political interference, not to enable killers, swindlers, and liars, to escape the penalties that the rest of us accept.
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