Costa Rica’s Chinchilla takes charge at scene of chaotic traffic accident
President Laura Chinchilla on Sunday night ordered the pursuit of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident and helped in the care of three injured passengers near La Sabana Park, west of San José.
According to media reports, Chinchilla was driving home with a Traffic Police escort when she saw three people lying injured in the middle of a major highway connecting the capital with the southwestern suburb of Escazú. The president stopped to assess the situation, even directing traffic at one point.
“It was my duty to help. The situation was chaotic. Three bodies in the road and a vehicle on a run. Cause: excess of alcohol and speed,” the president posted to her Twitter account.
When a driver involved in the accident fled the scene, Chinchilla ordered members of her police escort to pursue him, while she stayed behind to help the injured.
The driver of the vehicle, whose last name is Espinares, was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test. The three injured passengers, thrown from their car during the accident, were taken by ambulance to San Juan de Dios Hospital.
When local TV crews arrived, Chinchilla lashed out at a recent ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court that reduced traffic fines for speeding and reckless driving.
You may be interested
Slothy Sunday: Just hanging outAlejandro Zúñiga - May 26, 2019
Last week, Denise Gillen, a sloth nanny from the Toucan Rescue Ranch, shared the story of Bon Jovi, a sloth…
Twice as nice: Güity wins second gold at Grand PrixAlejandro Zúñiga - May 25, 2019
A day after he placed himself atop the world rankings with his time in the 200-meter T64 at the 2019…
Costa Rica obtains $500 million from CAF for fiscal supportAFP and The Tico Times - May 25, 2019
The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) on Friday granted a $500 million credit to Costa Rica to support the…