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Cuba says dead dissident’s car ignored signals and was speeding when it crashed

Saturday, July 28th 2012 - 03:35 UTC
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A Spanish politician was to blame for a car crash that killed two Cuban dissidents, including Oswaldo Paya, Cuba said on Friday in a report on an accident that has raised suspicions among opposition activists and some foreign governments. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    If true, it's done deal.

    Bending over in Cuba's prisons is not a welcome thought is it?

    Jul 28th, 2012 - 08:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • walterlx

    Here are the final three paragraphs of the Cuban police report on the accident. A link to the complete report follows.

    The medical forensic report indicates that Oswaldo Paya died instantly as a result of head trauma caused by the heavy impact he received, while Harold Cepero died in the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Surgical and Clinical Hospital in Bayamo city, due to acute respiratory failure as a result of a pulmonary thromboembolism in the upper lobe of the left lung, caused by the fragmented fracture of the left femur.

    Angel Carromero told the investigating unit that he could not remember having seen the signs warning about the state of the road. He added that he entered the dirt road at a speed he cannot determine because he had not looked at the speedometer and that when he realized he was driving on gravel he tried to slow down by braking suddenly and the car began to slide sideways until it hit a tree. Jens Aron said he was asleep when he felt the sudden brakes and lateral movement of the vehicle; then he lost consciousness.

    From the logical analysis of the travel time (about eight hundred kilometers in less than eight hours, with three stopovers), the statements of the witnesses and the forensic study of the scene and the vehicle, the research team concluded that Angel Francisco Carromero Barrios must have been driving at an average speed of over 120 kmph [74.6 mph], and that his careless driving, excessive speed and incorrect decision to apply the brakes violently on a slippery surface, were the causes of this tragic accident with the loss of two lives.

    The investigation and the legal process continue according to Cuban law

    Here is an English translation of the complete Cuban police report on the accident.
    http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3498.html
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    Jul 30th, 2012 - 02:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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