Tragedy in Mendoza: the driver who ran over 23 people at the door of the theater will be charged with serious injuries
MENDOZA.– While waiting for the accident reports, Justice evaluates charging for serious negligent injuries aggravated by the plurality of victims to the driver who, with his car out of control, and in reverse, ran over twenty spectators who had just left the Plaza Theater, by Godoy Cruz, at the end of the performance of the play Two crazy girlsstarring Soledad Silveyra and Veronica Llinás.
Aldo Eduardo Diaz, a 62-year-old plastic artist with a physical disability is under arrest. According to government sources, tested negative for alcohol and drugsbut had an expired driver’s license since April, which would further complicate their legal situation. Yesterday, aware of the Dantesque picture that he had provoked, Díaz He apologized, assured that he had not wanted to run over anyone and stated that the reverse of his VW Virtus with automatic gearbox had gotten stuck.
The commotion of the event, which was recorded in a video from the security cameras of the place, led the municipal authorities to suspend cultural activities until further notice.
“The driver, 62 years old, with a disability, is apprehended, but has not yet been charged. He will not move forward until he has the technical report from the Scientific Police. The blood alcohol test came back negative. He is likely to receive the indictment for grievous wrongful injury.”they explained to THE NATION judicial sources.
Meanwhile, the other focus is on the seven people remain hospitalized, three of them in serious condition.
According to the part of the Central Hospital, the main effector of high complexity in Mendoza, three women suffered the greatest impact of the vehicle. Alexandra Cordoba, 59 years old, presents a chest contusion with pneumothorax; Pleural drainage was performed and he is stable in the shockroom of the guard. Lidia pigeon, 75, suffered a facial trauma, with a fracture of the zygomatic arch; she is stable, in the common room. While, Gabriela Rodriguez, 27, presents subarachnoid hemorrhage with fracture of the rock, product of a very strong cranial contusion, for which she was intubated as soon as she arrived at the care center; she is with respiratory assistance waiting for evolution, in the shockroom of the guard, with guarded prognosis.
For now, the women will continue in the Central Hospital, but from the care center they explained that the possibility of transferring them is being evaluated. “Everything will depend on the provider they have and if they are in a position to make the referral”, indicated medical authorities of the institution.
In the Spanish hospital there are three patients who are under observation, of which one presents a more complex picture. Walter Vázquez, director of the hospital, indicated that the women are out of danger, in a common room. The most affected is Patricia Cane, 56 years old, who presented with cranial brain trauma with loss of consciousness, in addition to chest trauma and possible fracture of two vertebrae. the other two are Paula Vera, 41 years old, who suffered a cranial brain injury without loss of consciousness, with injuries and trauma to the scalp and lower right membrane, but without apparent fractures; Y Mariana Cana52, with cranial brain trauma and loss of consciousness –although already in recovery, without neurological alterations–, and pelvic fracture.
Meanwhile, at the Luis Lagomaggiore Hospital she was hospitalized Veronica Gomez Neckwith a tibia fracture.
Faced with horror and waiting for the official expert reports on the scene to progress, the Municipality of Godoy Cruz reported that activities at the Plaza Theater have been suspended for today and tomorrow. “In the next few hours, it will be communicated how those who have already purchased tickets continue and how they should proceed,” they indicated from the commune.
The incident occurred at 10 p.m. on Sunday. At that moment, when the spectators were leaving the theater and waiting for the actresses to take pictures, they were hit by the tail of the vehicle, which without stopping its march shattered the windows in front of the well-known Mendoza room.
While many of the direct witnesses could not get out of their stupor and were desperate to see the victims on the ground, others went to look for the driver with the intention of lynching him. They gave up when they noticed that it was a person with a disability, who repeated that the reverse of the automatic gearbox had “stuck” when he tried to park on Colón Street, in front of the Plaza Theater.
Quickly, ambulances from the public emergency system were mobilized to the scene, which transferred 17 of the 23 injured to different care centers. Yesterday, seven were still hospitalized in the Central, Spanish and Lagomaggiore hospitals.