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Suspected drunk driver faces manslaughter charge

A suspected drunk driver in Brazil has been arrested after driving six kilometres with a dying cyclist embedded in his windscreen.

Jose Adil Simioni, 58, was stopped by other motorists who blocked his car in busy traffic.

Witnesses at first thought the body was a doll and they were seeing some sort of prank, but it turned out to be Marco Aurelio Dlovski who was on his way home from work when Simioni hit him on a bend.

Simioni, allegedly too drunk to realise what had happened, carried on driving with Marco’s body slumped on his car.

CCTV footage shows a motorcyclist blocking Simioni, and then onlookers surrounding his car in Pinhiaius, near the town of Curitiba, in south-east Brazil.

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Police led Simioni from his car to a patrol vehicle before handcuffing him and bundling him into the back.


Police bundle Simioni into a car

Marco was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics who covered the 31-year-old’s body with a white sheet before freeing his body from the windscreen.

Eye-witness Viriginia Cordeiro, who helped stop Simioni’s car, said: “People thought at first it was a doll on top of the car.

“When I realised it was a person I began shouting to other motorists to stop it.”

One police officer said:“The driver was quite clearly drunk and had trouble walking.

“We had to bundle him into the back of our patrol car quickly to save him being attacked by onlookers.”

Victim Marco’s sister Isa wrote on her Facebook page: “I’ll never forgive his killer.”

Simioni faces manslaughter and drink-drive charges.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.