|Police examine cars after crash which killed four. The driver of the other vehicle was sent to his home today by a judge.|
(Photo: El Tiempo)
But impunity's critics could look right here in Bogotá, where killers routinely go home to rest: just because they killed using cars and while drunk.
|A drunk driver in a Venezuelan embassy car left this disaster |
scene in early November. A judge sent him to his home,
and I've heard nohing more about the case.
(Photo: El Tiempo)
This morning, in a closed hearing, Manzanera, who is a co-pilot for Avianca, was charged with 'culpable homicide,' which in the United States would roughly translate to involuntary murder. Despite protests of the victims' relatives, the judge sent Manzanera to his home to await trial. Manzanera's father, Ernesto Manzanera Jiménez, now apparently retired, was a prominent politician in Cundinamarca.
In the first days of November, Aníbal Enrique Tapia, drunk and driving a luxury BMW with injured 11 people and killed one in north Bogotá. A judge charged him with homicide and sent him home to rest. The Venezuelan Embassy said in a statement that Tapia was a Colombian citizen and had used the car without permission. It did not explain why an irresponsible person with an alcohol problem had access to an embassy vehicle. I've searched the Internet and found no more recent information abut Tapia's case.
|The posters, critical of the peace |
negotiations, say 'Colombia without impunity.'
Altho these killers go home after their first audience, one would hope that they would eventually be tried, convicted and imprisoned.
However, that doesn't seem to happen, either.
Recent prominent include one in which the scion of a wealthy Cali family killed three members of a motorcycle club on the outskirts of Bogotá and another in which a young man rear-ended a taxi, killing its two passengers and leaving the driver paralyzed. The second driver, Fabio Salamanca, was initially sent to rest in a hospital because of the stress he suffered from the accident he caused. Salamanca did spend a short time in prison before a judge sent him to his comfortable home to pay his debt to society.
In both those cases, as will likely happen in the more recent ones, the drunk drivers apparently paid
|Fabio Salamanca killed two and left third paralyzed |
and is serving out his sentence at home. (Photo: El Espectador)
In a dramatic piece of evidence of this, Hollman Cangrejo, the taxi driver who was left quadriplegic, bought another taxi with the compensation money he received from Salamanca. This may, that taxi, with someone else at the wheel, was hit by a drunk driver who fled the scene. Fortunately, this drunk was chased down and caught by other taxi drives. No word on whether or not he went to prison.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours