Story By: Alex Cope, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News & Sport Ltd.
A 12-year-old national champion cyclist has been run over and killed right in front of his father on this bike by a driver allegedly going three times over the speed limit.
Twelve-year-old Lance Ramirez Alva was knocked down when training on his bike on the Pan-American Highway near the town of Viru in northern Peru.
Local media report Alva had been part of a group cyclists who were hit by driver Edwin Haro Ruiz, 41, who was reportedly driving at 150 kph (93 mph) in a 50-kph (31-mph) zone.
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Reports state the 12-year-old was hit by Ruiz’s vehicle and dragged along the road in front of his father Luis Ramirez D’Angelo, one of the group of cyclists who witnessed the event.
A photo not published here because of its graphic content shows Alva’s body caught under the car as police look on.
Reports state the 12-year-old was killed instantly and driver Ruiz was arrested.
The driver tested negative for alcohol but was kept in custody for three days, according to reports.
Distraught father Luis Ramirez D’Angelo has slammed the decision to release Ruiz, who he claims “has a lot of influence” in the local area.
Luis owns a bike shop and told reporters: “When he was three or four years old he was already riding his first bikes that I set up.”
The grieving father rode a bicycle in front of the coffin at his son’s funeral.
Lance Ramirez Alva reportedly won a national cycling championship in Peru in 2016 and was a promising star of the future.
Ruiz remains in liberty after his release and it is unclear if the investigation is ongoing. a