Thursday 27 October 2016

Irishman killed in hit-and-run on Canary Islands

Cate McCurry

Published 20/02/2016 | 11:49

The incident occurred close to Fuerteventura Airport
The incident occurred close to Fuerteventura Airport

A Irishman who was holidaying in the Canary Islands has died after he was knocked down in a hit-and-run incident.

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James Campbell, who is understood to be from the east of Belfast, was killed when he was hit by two cars, one of which failed to stop, as he walked along a road in the dark on Wednesday night.

The 40-year-old landed at Fuerteventura Airport, which is also known as El Matorral Airport, earlier on Wednesday and had been drinking for several hours leading up to the incident.

He was about 500 yards from the small airport, walking on the road towards the capital, Puerto del Rosario, which is some three miles to the north, when he was hit by a car.

The driver immediately went back and called emergency services, but by then Mr Campbell had been run over by a second car, which failed to stop.

He died at the scene shortly before midnight.

The second vehicle was found by police just over an hour later parked in the nearby capital, thanks to details given by other drivers.

Police said the driver, a 50-year-old local man, gave himself up to police at around 2am on Thursday and was "shown later to be under the influence of hashish". He has not been named.

A senior officer from the paramilitary Civil Guard said yesterday: "This was an accident waiting to happen. The victim had been drinking in the airport for several hours after landing.

"He then set out on his own for Puerto del Rosario. He was walking on the road, not on the side, with his back to the traffic in the night and wearing dark clothing."

Belfast Telegraph

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