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They ask that a drunk driver who hit and killed a cyclist go to trial: he continues driving


He is free and the case does not even have a judge. A year after the death of Verónica Ultra, they painted a yellow star in the place of the tragedy.

“If you don't move, they don't give you a ball.

Sometimes you want to think that you are protected and Justice is going to act correctly, but it is not that easy.

Says Facundo De Arma (52), ex-husband of Verónica Ultra (50), the athlete who died exactly one year ago after being

hit by a car in Acceso Oeste


A year of struggle but above all of waiting: there

is still no judge


The one who was drawn declared himself incompetent last Monday.

It is that the cause was raised to a Correctional Court, when in the middle there are two things:

a death and a positive breathalyzer

of more than three grams per liter of blood.

Verónica died after being run over while riding a bike on the highway.

She was hit by an Audi A5 driven by Mariano Giménez (25), drunk, at the height of Moreno, on March 27 of last year.

Verónica was on the shoulder, according to police and judicial sources.

Mariano was driving with

3.2 grams of alcohol per liter of blood

, according to the expertise.

She would die hours later and she would leave behind three children, now 13, 16 and 19 years old.

He would be arrested but would be released after a few months.

Today you can drive.

“Two hours before the judicial fair in July, Chamber III of the Chamber of Appeals and Criminal Guarantees of Mercedes

changed the title from simple homicide to culpable homicide and released him


The only argument is that Verónica was driving through Acceso Oeste and that the driver had no intention of doing so”, De Arma reconstructs.

Verónica Ultra's ex-husband and the athletes who will participate in his place in the Florianópolis Ironman, for which he was training when he was run over.

Photo: Luciano Thieberger

He himself, the day after the crash, had explained to


why and where Verónica was circulating.

“At the height of the two West Access bridges she went up for safety.

In that section they usually rob, hit or throw cyclists


If not, they always go down.

There she got on the highway, pedaling on the shoulder just for that matter, ”he said at the time.

Now De Arma regrets that Giménez awaits the trial in freedom, without any restrictions.

“How can it be that there is Zero Alcohol and he can continue driving?

he wonders.

For Pablo Martínez Carignano, head of the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV), “this reinforces the need to reform the Penal Code to create the figure of

road homicide

for very serious cases.

The eventual fraud is usually inefficient, since it is not legislated but

depends on the will of the judges”.

This Monday, family and friends gathered at the scene of the crash together with Madres del Dolor and Estrellas Amarillas

, to paint a star in the street

and remember Verónica on the first anniversary of her death.

Also, to denounce that little or nothing was done in the case.

"The judge declared himself incompetent a week ago, but he had been appointed since November," De Arma remarks.

How is the case going?

Verónica Ultra (50) was training to run an Ironman.

A colleague of hers will participate in her place as a tribute,

It remains for a new Chamber to be drawn, which will determine if the case should go to a court and if the cover is correct.

Verónica's family wants it to go back to being

a simple homicide with eventual intent, which stipulates between 8 and 25 years in prison.

Meanwhile, she continues to call for justice and honor her memory.

For example, giving someone else her position to compete in the

Florianópolis Ironman.

"We managed to get them to recognize the place for which she had invested so much money and effort, and to give it to a colleague of hers, Fernando," says De Arma.

He will be

the first blind man from Buenos Aires to participate in Ironman”,

which this year will take place in May.

It was precisely for that competition that Verónica was training at the time of the crash.


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Source: clarin

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