A three-year-old boy died on Sunday after being run over in the Azalea shopping centre car park in San Pedro. Four young British men aged between 20 and 24, on holiday in Marbella, were in the car that ran over the boy as it reversed out of a parking space.
The emergency services were called at 2.10pm but paramedics attending the toddler could do nothing to save his life and he was proclaimed dead at the scene.
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 test 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 to suggest 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 either.
The driver was therefore released after questioning but as part of ongoing investigations into a possible case of negligent manslaughter, the results of the test have been sent to a laboratory to determine the precise time of consumption to see if it could have impeded his ability to drive.
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. At the same time, 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 other car began leaving the space.
This accident has delivered a tough blow to the local Jewish community to which the victim's family belongs.