Cyclist injured in Oliva tragedy is back on his bike
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.