A 46-year-old taxi driver was detained early Sunday morning in Madrid after running over a 19-year-old young man with his vehicle. The victim died on Alcalá street, in the Ventas district, according to reports by local press.
The driver of the vehicle, a Spanish national, tested positive for drugs, specifically cannabis, after the accident, according to the newspaper El Mundo.
He was transferred to the premises of the Municipal Police of the capital of Spain to carry out the proceedings and then take him to court.
The accident occurred at about a quarter to five in the morning next to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, when the young man tried to cross the road and was hit by the taxi.
The emergency service doctors who came to the scene found a patient who suffered a severe head injury and was in cardiorespiratory arrest. After trying to resurrect him unsuccessfully for half an hour, the doctors could only certify his death.
The driver called 112
According to the Emergencias Madrid service, a psychologist later explained the events to the family of the deceased boy.
#Atropello esta madrugada a joven de 19 años en C/Alcalá #Ventas. @SAMUR_PC realiza maniobras de reanimación durante más de media hora. No obtiene resultado y confirma su fallecimiento. @policiademadrid realiza atestado.— Emergencias Madrid (@EmergenciasMad) January 9, 2022
Una psicóloga de @SAMUR_PC comunica la noticia a los padres pic.twitter.com/YQiWic1xJf
According to El Mundo, the taxi driver stopped the car after the accident and notified the emergency number 112. Preliminary inquiries suggest that the victim, also a Spanish national, could have tried to cross the street through an inappropriate place.
The taxi driver said that the pedestrian appeared suddenly in front of his car, and could not do anything to avoid hitting him.