Claims another car rammed the vehicle

HAVANA TIMES — Angel Carromero, the rightwing Spanish politician convicted in Cuba of having caused a traffic accident in which last year killed dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, told the “The Washington Post” in an exclusive interview that the incident actually occurred when another car intentionally rammed his vehicle.

“I was afraid, but Oswaldo told me not to stop if they did not signal or force us to do so. I drove carefully, giving them no reason to stop us. The last time I looked in the mirror, I realized that the car had gotten too close — and suddenly I felt a thunderous impact from behind.

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“The most important thing for me is that the Payá family always has defended my innocence, when they are the most injured by this tragedy. That’s why, when I met Rosa Maria [Payá’s daughter] this week, I could not hide the truth any more. I am not only innocent — I am another victim, who might also be dead now. I know that this decision could result in more brutal media attacks against me from Cuba, but I don’t deserve to be considered guilty of involuntary homicide, and, above all, I could not live, being complicit through my silence,” said Carromero.

Read the full Washington Post interview.

23 thoughts on “Carromero Changes Story on Paya Death

  • BTW, I still have a problem with your maths. 50% over a speed limit of 120 is 180 Km/h, not 170.

    And in a side note, I’m all for severe punishment of novice drivers that go over the normal speed limit. To put it bluntly, they are not skilled or experienced enough to deal with unforeseen circumstances at that speed and in case of emergency they would likely kill themselves and any responsible driver in their path,

  • You are kidding right? He was driving at least 45 Km/h faster that the speed limits that applied to HIM, so by any sane definition he HAD a record of reckless driving and thats pertinent on this case. . Not to mention shows that he has a blatant disregard for traffic laws in general.

    Try a stunt like that in US or Canada and your license would be immediately revoked (you start with 4 points and earn 2 points every year up to a total of 10, 45 Km/h above his speed limit would mean between 6 and 8 point deduction, meaning that he need at least 2 full years driving without any point deduction in order to keep his license.

  • What’s your problem with my maths? The point: for 135 km/h he got the same fine other drivers get for 170 km/h on exactly the same stretch of highway. Does that one incident really make Carromero a bad or dangerous driver?

    Where I live there are no lower speed limits for novice drivers, so driving at 135 km/h on a 120 km/h highway would definitely not have “meant the immediate removal of the license”.

  • It looks like maths are not your strong point. 50% above 90 km/h is 135 km/h, and thats 15 km/h above the speed limit. If he were traveling at traffic speed (120 km/h) the police would not have a reason to stop him in the first place.

    Most countries with a point system increase the cost in points for speeding based on the severity of the offense. Over here, driving 50 km/h or more above the speed limit will hit you with an automatic 10 point loss and that means zero license for some time (years probably) and a mandatory drivers ed course before getting it reinstated.

  • Any particular reason why don’t you mention the rest of the story? The fine he got was as steep as it was due to the fact that in 2010 as a novice driver Carromero was subject to a drastically reduced speed limit of 80 or 90 kph, while the regular speed limit on that highway was 120 kph! Spain scrapped this old and unique extra speed limit for novice drivers in March 2011 for being out of touch with reality. Please tell me, in exactly which “other countries” would he have lost his license?

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