Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cuba: Driver error to blame for dissident's death

Posted on Friday, 07.27.12

Cuba: Driver error to blame for dissident's death
The Associated Press

HAVANA -- Cuban authorities say driver error is to blame for a car crash last weekend that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya.

An official notice read on the afternoon newscast and simultaneously sent by email to foreign journalists says Spaniard Angel Carromero was driving far above the speed limit and braked too quickly when the car suddenly entered an unpaved construction zone, causing the car to careen out of control.

The statement says Paya and Harold Cepero, another, lesser-known dissident who also died, were not wearing seatbelts.

It adds that both were in the backseat, which absorbed the brunt of the impact when the vehicle skidded into a tree at high velocity.

Carromero and Swedish citizen Jens Aron Modig were treated for minor injuries.

Friday's notice says authorities are continuing their investigation.

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