Justice of Peace facing trial after running down agent

The voctim entered the court in a wheelchair due to a leg injury

 
466Views 4Comments Posted 12/06/2019

A judge of  guarantees accepted  on Wednesday, June 12 May  imputation of  a crime of personal injuries by Barú,Justice of the Peace  Mercedes Guerra González, for a May 1 incident  when she ran down a 35-year-old-year-old year-old  security guard and failed to stop.

A video of the incident outrage  in Las Arenas, Bari, Chiriqui  went viral in Panama.The judge of guarantees decreed  a six- month investigative process. No precautionary measures were imposed.

After the incident appeared on social medias Guerra Gonzalez  denied that she was drunk and that she wanted to escape, after running over the agent at the entrance of a petro terminal.

According to her  version , the incident occurred  because the brakes of the car she was driving failed  and she could not maneuver to avoid rolling over the

She added that she flashed  the car lights to the security agent, as a way of pointing out that she had problems.

According to Guerra, she never wanted to flee and was responsible for what happened. She  was accompanied by her mother and 8-year-old daughter

The victim  asked the authorities of the Transit Police to apply a  breathalyzer test to the driver , but  the units said they did not have  the alcohol  sensor alcohol at hand, which  led to an internal investigation to clarify the facts and the responsibility of the units in the application of the test reports La Critica.



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InTheKnow

Guerra Gonzalez should be help accountable for her actions. Vehicles brakes today rarely fail and tires just don’t explode. How is it that police at the incident did not have an alcohol breathalyzer on hand. In not having one did they then follow a required procedure to additionally apply an SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Test). Arrests can be made based on two out of three parts without the breathalyzer. For example, the analytics of the collision to include the driver’s actions; and the field sobriety test which is in three parts that can clearly show if one is under the influence of an agent (alcohol or drugs). A Hit & Run as described is an affront to the community and the legal system and therefore, the driver should be charged appropriately.

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Claire

Also...how very "convenient" that in the case of a Justice of the Peace causing the injury, the police did not have the alcohol sensor at hand. Hummmm....two tiered justice system? Oh, how could THAT be?

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Claire

I agree with Alain on the "failed brakes" excuse. Also, there are MANY accidents attributed to "he/she lost control of the car." People generally don't "lose control" of their cars unless they are speeding and/or drunk and/or have faulty equipment. Supposedly the annual inspections required for license plate renewal should reveal "faulty equipment" and the owner be required to repair the problem. This would include bald tires. I saw one report in which it was claimed that "a tire exploded." Tires in good condition do not "explode." When shops responsible for inspections ignore problems with a vehicle that is subsequently involved in an accident, the shop owners should be criminally charged.

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Alain

completely ridiculous! why is it that everything needs to explode on social media before they even start looking at things! Luckily, there is pretty compelling video evidence. The "failed brakes" excuse is an insult to decency.

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