Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A lawyer is being investigated for allegedly drink driving on the ancient Mesoamerican ‘Roadway of the Dead’ at night which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The accident took place at the site of Teotihuacan in the State of Mexico in central Mexico where several Mesoamerican pyramids from the pre-Columbian Americas are still preserved and the lawyer allegedly damaged a two-metre section that had been rebuilt in the 1980s.
According to local media, a worker from the site offices named Giovani, who was also accompanied by two other employees, drove his van through the site despite having been warned by other co-workers he could not drive in the area.
A spokesman from a syndicate of the Culture Secretary Mauricio Jimenez Espinosa, told local media: “A lawyer from the legal department of Teotihuacan drove the vehicle. The guard told him to stop as there was a night performance going on but he did not listen.”
Reports said the man accidentally drove onto the site whilst drunk before driving away.
According to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) the accident damaged two metres of the base of the pre-Columbian roadway called ‘La Calzada de Los Muertos’ (The Roadway of the Dead) that runs towards one of the large pyramids in section two of the site.
However, the INAH states the part of the roadway base damaged in the incident was a reconstruction of cement and volcanic stone created in the 1980s.
The INAH has confirmed they have already launched an investigation and they may report the case to the Public Ministry to hold the workers accountable for repairing the damage.
The pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is thought to have been established in 100 BC and it is believed to have hosted a population estimated at 125,000 inhabitants.
It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
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