The scene of the accident on Tuesday. / POLICÍA LOCAL DE CASABERMEJA

The man who died in motorway toll booth smash was a serving Guardia Civil officer

Family, colleagues and friends are devastated after the death of the 33-year-old who was 'an example to all'

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

The 33-year-old man who died on Tuesday afternoon (28 September) after his car slammed into one of the Las Pedrizas toll booths on the AP-46 motorway in Malaga, was a serving Guardia Civil officer.

The young man was travelling from Melilla, where he was born, to his base in Guadalajara – a journey he did regularly in his red Mercedes.

Family, friends and colleagues have described the 33-year-old as a "very responsible" young man, and no one can offer an explanation for what happened.

“Borja did not like to go fast. When he was a passenger with me in the car, if he saw that I was a bit over the speed limit, he would quickly tell me to slow down,” says one of the deceased's childhood friends. "He was very sensible, he didn't do crazy things," he points out, while adding that the young man didn't like to party either.

The accident happened at around 5.15pm on Tuesday when the vehicle entered the toll payment area at kilometre 6 of the AP-46, heading towards Antequera, at a high speed.

Despite the fact the toll booths are protected by large concrete blocks, an employee working inside one of them was injured by the impact.

Emergency services arrived on the scene to find that there were two people trapped, one inside the cabin and the other in the vehicle.

Specialists from the Malaga fire brigade had to release the two people. While the young man lost his life, the 20-year-old woman, from Casabermeja, was transferred to the Regional Hospital in Malaga city.

Guardia Civil traffic officers are investigating the circumstances of the incidents.