A MURCIAN man who was involved in a serious hit and run collision with a motorcyclist last week, was already disqualified for driving, police have revealed.
The accident which occurred on Saturday April 22 left the motorcycle rider seriously injured and in need of emergency surgery in hospital.
The MPV and motorcycle collided in a front-on to side crash on the RM 302 road connecting Beniajan and El Palmar, Los Garres on the night of the burial of the sardine fiesta.
The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike, receiving serious injuries in the process. The driver of the car failed to stop and administer help to the injured man, or to call emergency services, instead driving away from the scene immediately.
Witnesses to the accident called 112 and once police and ambulance arrived the injured man was transferred to the ICU department of the Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, to undergo life-saving surgery.
Police investigators acting on witness statements were able to determine the identity of the vehicle that sped from the scene and the following day located the MPV in the nearby village of Los Dolores.
The damage on the vehicle clearly responded to the pattern of the accident investigated, and following a technical-ocular inspection, Guardia Civil officers were able to pronounce that ‘without any doubt’, it was the vehicle that had been involved the crash.
On arresting the owner of the vehicle for leaving the scene of an accident, the officers discovered the detainee had already lost all the points on his license for previous driving offences.
In addition he had also failed to participate in the driver awareness course, required by law to recover his license. He has therefore been additionally charged with a crime against road safety.
The charges the driver now faces are punishable by imprisonment from 6 months to 4 years.
Additionally the crime of serious careless driving causing injuries can be punished with imprisonment from 3 months to 3 years and a total ban on driving motor vehicles and mopeds for between 1 and 4 years.
The Guardia Civil investigation into the accident took less than 72 hours before the arrest of the suspect was made.