Woman’s home seized to pay for sons fatal accident

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A WOMAN’S house has been embargoed to pay for damages caused in the crash in which her son died.

The 34-year-old man was riding a moped on the motorway through Velez-Malaga in 2001 when he was involved in an accident in which several other vehicles were damaged.

He should not have been on the motorway with that type of vehicle, which belonged to his mother, and he had no insurance.

The other drivers’ insurance companies demanded the expenses for the damages, which amounted to €10,456.

As he was uninsured, it was paid in November 2004 by the Insurance Compensation Consortium, which is part of the Ministry for Economy, and a trial was held to determine the civil liability in the accident, which fell on the victim’s mother as the owner.

In April 2006, she was found in contempt of court for failing to appear at the trial although her family claims she wasn’t even notified.

In April this year, the sentence was declared final, and the consortium requested the embargo of her home, which was approved by a judge in May, as well as ruling that she pay the €10,456, plus €3,236 in interest and legal costs.

The period in which she could have appealed has already passed, and her lawyer considers that her only option is to reach a legal agreement to pay off the debt in installments.

Meanwhile the consortium says that they must recover what they have paid by law.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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