Sunday 24 September 2017

Irishman killed by suspected drunk driver in Majorca was at holiday resort with friends for weekend

Local police sources said the man was struck by a car and dragged more than 10 metres. (Stock picture)
Local police sources said the man was struck by a car and dragged more than 10 metres. (Stock picture)

Conor Feehan and Gerard Couzens

A man from Northern Ireland has died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca.

The man, who was named only as 'A O'Bryan' by local police, was struck by a car on the Calle Pinada, off the Calle Punta Ballena, at about 3am yesterday. Police arrested a Spanish citizen who has reportedly tested positive for alcohol and drugs, according to the 'Majorca Daily Bulletin' news website.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and paramedics spent about 30 minutes attending to the 40-year-old man. However, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3.30am.

Local police sources said the man was struck by a car and dragged more than 10 metres. Medics from the 061 emergency service were on the scene rapidly. It is believed that the man arrived on Saturday with a group of people to spend the weekend there.

A spokeswoman for Calvia Council said the driver of the vehicle involved, who is Spanish and comes from the island capital Palma, has been arrested for manslaughter and for driving under the influence of alcohol.

"He failed both drink and drugs tests," she said.

"The vehicle was apparently seen being driven aggressively through the streets of Magaluf just beforehand."

She said the dead man was from Northern Ireland.

A taxi-driver witnessed what happened and called the police.

The Guardia Civil have confirmed that the car, a Ford Focus, was the same one which was being driven erratically in the area prior to the incident.

Irish Independent

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