British driver who ran over and killed three-year-old in San Pedro tests positive for cocaine

The accident took place in the Azalea car park.
The accident took place in the Azalea car park. / Josele-Lanza
  • The 24-year-old British man was on holiday with friends when he ran over the three-year-old in a car park in San Pedro

A three-year-old boy from Marbella died on Sunday after being run over by a car in the Azalea shopping centre car park in San Pedro. Four young British men aged between 20 and 24, on holiday in Marbella, were travelling in the car that ran over the boy as it reversed out of a parking space. The 24-year-old driver was breathalysed and no alcohol was detected. However, drug test results have revealed traces of cocaine in his saliva.

The tourists had briefly parked their rental car, a Hyundai Tucson, in the car park in order to retrieve a cap that had blown into the street, and the young boy was going to the shopping centre with his grandmother, who had just parked. The boy, who is French, had just got out the car as the British driver began leaving the parking space.

The emergency services were called at 2.10pm and paramedics attended to the toddler in the car park. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do to save his life and he was eventually proclaimed dead at the scene.

This accident has delivered a tough blow to the local Jewish community that the victim’s family belongs to.

The DrugTest which was used to confirm the driver’s consumption of cocaine can only detect drug use 24 to 48 hours prior to the test so there is currently no evidence that the driver was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. He did not show any physical signs of recent drug use. Therefore, the results of the test will be sent to a laboratory to assess the time of consumption more accurately.

The driver has been interrogated as part of the police’s ongoing investigation into a possible case of negligent manslaughter.