Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spain: British Tourist, 29, Accidentally Hit, Killed by 4x4 in Fuerteventura

Darren Laurie, 29, from Scotland, died almost instantly after being hit by a 4x4 at approximately 2200 hours on Sunday night (May 14) car as he crossed a dark road on the island of Fuerteventura, a part of Spain's Canary Islands.

Tragically, Mr. Laurie was hit, even though the driver of the 4x4 swerved to avoid him on the dark road. Paramedics were called to the scene, but could nothing to save him.

The 4x4 driver is understood to have called for assistance from his mobile phone after hitting Mr. Laurie despite an attempt to swerve and avoid him.

COMMENT: The incident happened in the town of Puerto Lajas, a former fishing village popular with windsurfers, just north of the island capital of Puerto del Rosario.

Police confirmed last night the driver of the 4x4 involved in the incident, a locally-registered vehicle, had been identified and was helping them with their inquiries.

The British Foreign Office was immediately called and is assisting the family at this tragic time. 

All travelers, when packing for a trip, should always consider packing a reflective vest for those situations when they will be walking at night, so they can be seen by motorists.

Additionally, travelers should also have an intermittent blinking red light that alerts drivers to the fact that they're in the roadway.