Dad And 4 Kids Killed Taking Uber Bday Car On Test Drive

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

This 39-year-old dad who was given a new car for his birthday so he could become an Uber driver has been killed along with his children and niece while taking the vehicle out for its first spin.

According to local media, Alejandro Torres, his 14-year-old niece Lara, and his three children, identified as 19-year-old Daira, 17-year-old Demian and six-year-old Mia, were all killed in the tragic accident.

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After enjoying a test drive in his new car that was bought for him by his sister so he could become an Uber driver, Torres was returning to his home in the town of Merlo in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires when a SUV reportedly rear-ended his vehicle.

Local media said that the collision sent his new car crashing into a lorry before bursting into flames.

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Torres and the four children died inside the flaming vehicle, according to local media.

Before being killed in the crash, Torres had sent relatives photos and voice messages detailing their exciting excursion in the new car.

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Meanwhile, the 67-year-old SUV driver, identified as Horacio Luis Castilla, has been arrested by the police.

The victim’s sister Yesica Torres, who bought the car several days previously as a birthday present for her unemployed brother to find work as an Uber driver, said: “They all died immediately. Then the car exploded and they were burned, my four nephews and my brother.”

Investigators have not yet been able to establish how fast Castilla was driving when he allegedly rear-ended Torres’ new car.

His SUV was also burned at the scene, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the authorities are also waiting for the results of a toxicology test to determine whether the 67-year-old driver, who is being treated in hospital for chest pains, had been under the influence of drink or drugs.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.