Ángel Nieto, two families broken after his death
The woman of German nationality investigated for the accident that cost the life of world motorcycle champion Ángel Nieto on August 3, 2017 has come to testify this Wednesday to the Court of Instruction 2 of Ibiza . The German citizen, whose name has not been revealed, was summoned to testify after the order to reopen the case ordered in June 2018 by the Provincial Court of Palma. An action that was carried out at the request of the pilot's family, who is seeking criminal responsibility for the accident that led to the death of the athlete while driving a quad near Santa Gertrudis, in Ibiza, in the summer of 2017.
To the statement of Today, the driver whose vehicle hit Ángel Nieto's quad was accompanied by an interpreter. He has only answered the questions of the defense lawyer, while he has refused to answer the lawyers who represented the family of the motorcycle champion and the judge in charge of the investigation of the case. In her statement, the driver has assured that she was driving at 30 kilometers per hour, that she was attentive, that she did not see any light signal from the quad and that she was driving three meters away from it. Statements that, according to sources involved in the process, contradict the data contained in the accident report, statements of witnesses and police officers who attended the scene at the time of the accident.
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A witness has also attended this Wednesday's appointment in the courts, from whom a statement has been taken for the first time since the accident that killed the pilot happened. It is about the woman who arrived at the scene and who notified a family friend through the same mobile as Ángel Nieto , while he was lying on the ground. She was the one with whom one of the pilot's children contacted and who was telling him what was happening and how he saw his father at the same time that things were happening at the scene. This witness has stated that, when she arrived, Nieto was lying on the ground without his helmet and without signs of blood or an apparently traumatic blow to his head. Also that the helmet was two or three meters from where Nieto lay, that a man gave it to him shortly after and that the helmet was fastened. She was also given other personal effects of Ángel Nieto, which the witness later handed to Belinda Alonso, the motorcyclist's partner and mother of her young son, Hugo.
This same witness has stated in the Ibizan courtroom that when she arrived At the scene of the report, the driver of the vehicle that hit Nieto's quad was out of her mind and kept saying that she had not seen him
The investigating court number two in Ibiza decreed the provisional dismissal of the case in February of 2018 when it was appreciated that the pilot was driving with the helmet unbuttoned and the blow of his head against the ground, caused after colliding the investigated car with the quad, was the real cause of his death. The judge who investigated the events concluded that the recklessness committed by the 38-year-old driver when she collided with the pilot's quad had no criminal consequences. However, the two eldest sons of Nieto, Gelete and Pablo, as well as their mother, Pepa Aguilar, decided to appeal the case file before the Provincial Court of Palma , which finally ordered in the summer of 2018 the reopening of the case to the appreciate their arguments
The family considers that the investigation of the investigating court was inconclusive, no statement was taken from one of the witnesses who appeared in the Civil Guard report, nor from the local police officers who prepared the first report. In the appeal they also argued that the police reports do not contain signs of braking tracks or evasive maneuvers by the vehicle driven by the woman who rammed Nieto's quad. The Provincial Court validated their arguments and decreed the reopening of the case that, among other steps, will allow the statement of the investigated in court this month of March.
The criminal battle started in parallel with the agreement that the pilot's partner at the time of his death, Belinda Alonso, signed with the insurance company that covers the civil liability of the vehicle that caused the accident. According to it, she received 600,000 euros and Hugo, the pilot's youngest son, 300,000 euros. The agreement included the recognition by Alonso of a share of responsibility of the motorcycle champion in the accident, something that was not well received by the other offspring of the pilot, who was never legally separated from his first wife, with whom He had his older children Gelete and Pablo.
The motorcycling world champion died in the summer of 2017 after an accident with the quad he was driving . On the morning of July 28, the pilot took the vehicle to visit a friend when, around 10:30 on the Santa Gertrudis highway, a car hit him from behind. The crash caused Nieto to fall to the ground and hit his head on the road after the helmet was thrown. The pilot was rushed to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic where he was admitted in a very serious condition and underwent several interventions to control the effects of the impact. However, the blow turned out to be fatal and Nieto died eight days after the accident at the age of 70.