Cy­clist in­jured in Oliva tragedy is back on his bike

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­

ONLY one of the Jávea Club Lle­beig Triathlon team, its leader Jaime Es­cortell, es­caped un­hurt from the Mother's Day tragedy, and of the other sur­vivors, one – Bri­tish na­tional Scott Gor­don – re­mains in hospi­tal where he is due for surgery for a bro­ken fe­mur.

An­drés Con­tr­eras, born in Jávea to Venezue­lan par­ents, was fi­nally dis­charged this week af­ter four months in hospi­tal, and is full of op­ti­mism at his new chance at life.

He has to carry on un­der­go­ing physio at the Aguas Vi­vas Hospi­tal in Car­caix­ent, but is al­ready cy­cling again.

In fact, he is now be­ing trained as part of the pro­fes­sional Jero Be­navent team, and says he is ' not afraid' of be­ing back on his bike. Each time he does so, he ded­i­cates a quick prayer to his dad, who he says saved his life.

“On the morn­ing of the ac­ci­dent, he told me to put my com­pe­ti­tion helmet on as it of­fers more pro­tec­tion than my reg­u­lar train­ing one,” An­drés said soon af­ter re­gain­ing con­scious­ness.

“I'll al­ways be grate­ful to my fa­ther for telling me to do that.” Drunk cy­clist-killer de­nied bail The drunk driver who killed three Jávea cy­clists on Oliva's N-332 and left two others se­ri­ously in­jured in hospi­tal will not get bail, de­spite her so­lic­i­tor's ef­forts.

Mavi Sánchez Va­quero, 28, from Gan­dia, was more than four times over the al­co­hol limit and had re­cently taken co­caine when she veered onto the hard shoul­der on the wrong side of the high­way on May 7, in­stantly killing ex­mayor's son Edu Mon­fort Gasent, 28, and Venezue­lan ex­pat Luis Al­berto Con­tr­eras, 54.

José An­to­nio Albi, 28, died in hospi­tal four days later, never re­gain­ing con­scious­ness, whilst Brit Scott Gor­don and Luis Al­berto's son An­drés have spent months fight­ing for their lives.

Mavi, who worked in an ice-cream par­lour at On­dara shop­ping cen­tre, has been in cus­tody ever since.

Her so­lic­i­tor ap­pealed, say­ing she was not a flight risk, was no dan­ger to the public and was suf­fi­ciently re­morse­ful that she would co­op­er­ate with the jus­tice sys­tem.

But the judge says there is 'no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion' for chang­ing his mind, and she will con­tinue in prison un­til her trial for three counts of man­slaugh­ter, one of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and two of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury comes to court.

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