A businessman who was involved in a fatal collision with a teenage cyclist is suing his victim’s parents for €20,000 to pay for the repairs to his Audi A8 (€14,000) and the cost of a replacement rental car (€6,000).
The accident occurred on the night of 26th August 2004 as 17 year old Enaitz Iriondo Trinidad was cycling back to a campsite in Castañeras de Rioja – where he was staying with his parents – after spending the evening with friends.
It seems that the cyclist, who was wearing neither reflective clothing nor a helmet, was hit by the Audi A8 after jumping a Give Way sign.
The driver, Tomás Delgado Bartolomé (43), was never convicted despite later testing positive for alcohol and it being proven that he had been driving at 174km an hour, 84 km an hour above the maximum speed limit of 90km an hour.
However, his insurance company was forced to pay the victim’s parents €33,000 in compensation.
At a press conference yesterday, Enaitz’s mother, Rosa, described Delgado’s attempt to sue them for the damages to his car as “inhuman” while his father pointed out that “the driver’s negligence was the cause of death. If he’d been travelling a bit slower, he’d have had time to brake.”
In an interview published in El País yesterday, Delgado said: “I’m also a victim in all this. Nothing can be done for the boy, but my problem can still be resolved.”
The case will be heard at Haro municipal court in La Rioja next Wednesday, 30th January.