ANGELES MUÑOZ, Marbella’s mayor and also a doctor, fought to save a man injured in a motorcycle accident.
The accident, whose cause has yet to be determined, occurred between Ronda and San Pedro Alcantara, when the 35-year-old man lost control of his motorbike and fell after colliding with the safety barrier.
A witness to the accident stopped his vehicle and flagged down the next car, which happened to belong to Muñoz who was driving to a meeting in Ronda. Leaving her car she tried in vain to help revive the injured man but he was no longer breathing by the time an ambulance reached the scene almost 45 minutes later.
“I was talking to him to calm him down but he told me he could not breath and I realised he might have a collapsed lung and needed oxygen,” the mayor said afterwards. “I tried everything to prevent him from going into shock, taking off his jacket and helmet and sprinkling water on his head to reduce the choking feeling.”
Muñoz and a local policeman, together with a doctor and an ATS registered nurse who stopped their car to help, tried unsuccessfully to keep the motorcyclist alive with both cardiopulmonary and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“You feel so tremendously impotent waiting nearly three-quarters of an hour for an ambulance,” she said. “I don’t know if he could have survived because he had serious injuries. But it should have come much more quickly.”