The Spanish trucker in the accident that caused seven deaths in the Netherlands had traces of cocaine in his blood | International


The Spanish driver behind the wheel of the cargo truck that caused seven deaths on August 27 in the Netherlands had traces of cocaine in his blood. This is how the Dutch justice has made it known, indicating that in the analyzes carried out, two days after the accident, “there are indications of the presence of a concentration of cocaine.” The 45-year-old truck driver has not been formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs and will remain on provisional release, although he is subject to a series of conditions: he cannot get behind the wheel again and must report his movements to the ministry public of both countries. The deceased were six adults and the unborn child of a pregnant woman, who the Dutch authorities also consider a victim. There were six injured among those hit.

The Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating whether the driver may have suffered an epileptic seizure, as alleged by the first lawyer who represented him in this case. The prosecutors opposed the provisional release of the suspect, and according to the report of the Court of Appeal of the city of The Hague, which has seen that appeal, “he became a truck driver because he could no longer exercise his own profession [no se cita cuál era] due to an accident at work. Commanding a truck, the document continues, “he could continue to support himself and his family.”

Due to the financial problems derived from the forced stoppage after the accident, the prosecutors had indicated their fear that “the suspect would drive again and this could cause another traffic accident.” This Friday, it has been known that the public ministry is not opposed to the Spaniard remaining free under the conditions imposed by the court, which include his appearance when required.

On August 27, the truck of the Spanish transport company El Mosca, based in Molina de Segura (Murcia), driven by the suspect left the road. Moments later, he slid down a slope, running over a group of neighbors who had organized a barbecue in Nieuw-Beijerland, a town near Rotterdam. The event made a deep impression on a community where everyone knew each other, and the fact that three of the deceased – a mother, her son, and his pregnant wife – were from the same family, added more pain. Both the kings, Guillermo and Máxima, as well as the prime minister, Mark Rutte, sent messages of condolence to those affected.

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