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Two killed as hit-and-run driver crashes into group of cyclists near Barcelona

Police later arrested motorist who was said to have veered onto wrong side of road before hitting riders

Two people have been killed and three taken to hospital, one with critical injuries, after a hit-and-run driver crashed into a group of cyclists near Barcelona.

Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, subsequently arrested the driver, who is due to appear in court today or tomorrow, reports El Pais.

The fatal crash happened in Castellbisbal, a few kilometres northwest of Barcelona, on Sunday morning and claimed the lives of two male cyclists, aged 62 and 72, who were riding as part of a group of eight from the Club Ciclista de Rubí.

The driver, who was travelling in the opposite direction to the cyclists, was said to have veered onto the wrong side of the road, with one of the cyclists pronounced dead at the scene, while the other died upon arrival at hospital.

Police said that the driver has a previous road traffic conviction dating back to 2013, and had been charged with reckless homicide and causing injury, and at least four counts of leaving the scene of a crash.

Toxicology tests, including retrospective blood alcohol tests, were also carried out on the driver, whose car, an Opel Adam with dents and a smashed windscreen, was found by local police in Martorell, who alerted the Mossos d’Esquadra to the vehicle.

In a tweet, the Catalan cycling federation described it as a “day of mourning” for all cyclists in the autonomous region, and expressed its condolences to the families and club mates of the cyclists who were killed.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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cdamian | 1 year ago

This is on a popular route for road cyclists, which goes from Barcelona to Montserrat. You see a lot of groups here on the weekends.

It used to be part of my commute, when commutes were still a thing.
I always hated that part, because it is an area where drivers want to go fast, and it is a corner that is not easy to oversee.

I have no idea what went through the driver's mind, this sounds like it was on purpose.

richliv | 1 year ago

How horrible. Hope the courts throw the book at this driver. I'm cycling in Catalonia near here at the moment and mostly it's safer than the UK with drivers mandated by law to give 1.5m space and the presumption of responsibility is on the side of the cyclist. But its always a risk sadly.

Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago


If the driver had done this in UK, he might have been looking at - oh, I dunno - a suspended sentence and maybe some community service.

rct | 1 year ago
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Words fail to express my horror.  RIP.

andystow | 1 year ago

Witnesses are alleging it appears to have been on purpose.

Sriracha | 1 year ago

veered onto the wrong side of the road ... Toxicology tests, including retrospective blood alcohol tests, were also carried out on the driver,...

I assume they also tested for mobile phone use?

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