AN unnamed British 76-year-old has been released on bail in Menorca after appearing in court under charges of manslaughter, following a car accident which claimed the life of a prominent Nottingham hotelier on Wednesday June 29.
78-year-old Imogen Skirving, owner of celebrity haunt Langar Hall hotel and restaurant, was killed after being mown down by the expat’s car near the north eastern resort of Son Parc, while her daughter Louise also suffered injuries, and a family friend received two broken legs.
Local reports suggest that the pensioner’s Suzuki vehicle ploughed into the back of the group as they walked along the roadside, with Mrs Skirving dragged along after being trapped beneath it.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, with her daughter admitted to hospital with multiple cuts and bruises, while Imogen’s brother Marcus, who resides on the island, was unhurt as he was slightly ahead of the others on his bicycle.
The driver has not been jailed following a decision by state prosecutors in Ciutadella, although she has had her passport and driving licence rescinded, and must present herself at the court every two weeks as investigations proceed.
Diario Menorca reported that she admitted to having consumed wine before driving, but that she was unable to avoid the pedestrians because they were walking side-by-side in the road as she rounded a bend.
She was subject to a blood alcohol test after the tragic crash, since her asthma prevented her from performing the standard breath test, although the results have not yet been published.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew paid tribute to the victim, as he tweeted: “Desperately sad news. We will all miss Imogen dreadfully. Eccentric, funny lady who ran a brilliant business.”