A MAN accused of causing a crash in which a motorcyclist died has been remanded in custody after testing positive for alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.
Sources at Alicante court say the detained man also has several previous convictions for driving while intoxicated or drugged.
He is charged with one crime against safety, one crime of reckless manslaughter and two crimes of causing injury by recklessness.
Judge Belén Gutiérrez remanded the driver in custody as she deemed there was a risk he would abscond.
The accident occurred after a particularly tragic weekend on Alicante’s highways with six people killed between Friday and Monday (December 13 to 16).
The most serious of these was registered early Saturday morning, in which a driver driving on the wrong side of the road in Tibi caused a crash in which two died – himself and the driver of the other car.
The Guardia Civil is still waiting for the analysis to determine if he was under the influence of any substance. On the Friday night another man died in Gata de Gorgos in a collision; while on Monday a 26-year-old man lost his life in El Campello in another head on crash in which three people were seriously injured, including an eight-year-old boy.
Monday’s multiple collision on the Ocaña road occurred around 7.20 a.m. The court order ordering the prisoner to enter the prison states that he was driving under the effects of alcohol and drugs, ran a red light and collided with a truck.
After the impact, his car span into the opposite lane and hit a motorcycle head on, killing the rider instantly. The lorry driver and driver of a third car that was also hit were injured.
The 42-year-old detained man was nearly four times the legal drink-drive limit when tested. He was also hurt in the crash, suffering multiple fractures and was taken to hospital.