Saturday, January 24, 2009

Reckless Driving by Artur

At 5:30 p.m. on October 6, 2007, two cars were racing at the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge. Racing in the middle of the street is considered against the law in Brazil. One car was a gray Golf and the other was a red S-10. They were going from Plano Piloto to Lago Sul. Paulo César Timponi who was driving the gray car suddenly hit the rear of one car – a Corolla Toyota –, that was passing there. Three innocent women in the Corolla died.

Timponi didn’t provide the necessary assistance to the victims but ran away of the place of the accident. The police could only locate him after many search and the testimony of some witnesses in the police station. After that, he collaborated with the justice, staying at their disposal. The policeman found drugs – cocaine and hemp –, whisky and beer in his car. Because of this, it was concluded that he was drunk and drugged driving and speeding.

Paulo César had been in trouble with the law since 2003, when he was caught red handed selling drugs in a club; he had his name already registered in the Police Station because he had done some infringement as theft and robbery of cars. Timponi had at least 55 points registered in his driving document. His neighbors said that his behavior was like a rebel adolescent, never talked with them, was rude, unfriendly and impolite. Nobody liked him in the neighborhood.

Nowadays Paulo Cesar Timponi is in jail for six to twelve years depending on his behavior. The family of the victims is trying in the justice to increase the time of punishment and to receive money for material and moral damage.
Artur Adusumilli Cordeiro

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