Lorry driver arrested after fatal high-speed duel with man clinging to wing mirror

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Spanish police were alerted to the presence of an injured man on the tarmac of the A31 highway in Petrer, near Alicante on June 3
Spanish police were alerted to the presence of an injured man on the tarmac of the A31 highway in Petrer, near Alicante on June 3

A lorry driver has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of manslaughter after a fatal high-speed duel with a man trying to break into his cab.

The assailant clung on to the vehicle’s wing mirror while it was travelling at more than 60mph.

The tussle ended when the driver swerved and braked to dislodge the attacker, who suffered a catastrophic fall.

The man, a 40-year-old Spanish citizen, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries the next day.

The suspect, described only as a 56-year-old Spanish truck driver, being led away by Spanish police
The suspect, described only as a 56-year-old Spanish truck driver, being led away by Spanish police

In the early hours of June 3, the Guardia Civil police force were alerted to the presence of an injured man on the A31 highway in Petrer, near Alicante.

Their first thought was that he had been the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

However, analysis of fresh brake marks on the road led them to a haulage company and they were able to put together the sequence of events that led to the fatal outcome and arrest of a suspect, described only as a 56-year-old Spanish truck driver.

Two men did not know each other

The driver had been taking a break in a lay-by when the other man tried to enter his cab.

The trucker fought off the attempt and started driving along the highway towards Alicante, but his attacker clung on to the wing mirror, using the steps for support while continuing to try to break into the cab.

After two miles of driving at more than 60ph, the driver turned into a slip road and braked, causing his assailant to lose his grip and fall.

The Guardia Civil have concluded that the two men did not know each other.

As well as manslaughter caused by recklessness, the driver faces a separate charge of failing to render assistance to the man after he had shaken him off his vehicle.

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