The aftermath of the crash in Fuengirola. / SUR

20-year-old car driver arrested after holidaying cyclist dies in Fuengirola crash

Police have arrested a young French man who was at the wheel of a high-powered Mercedes car

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Police in Fuengirola have arrested the driver of the car that allegedly hit a 41-year-old cyclist in the town on Monday night, killing him. The arrested man, who was driving a high-end Mercedes car, is a 20-year-old man of French nationality.

The accident happened at 8.50pm on the town's Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, which was very crowded at the time. Witnesses alerted the emergency services to the incident - on the stretch of road with a 30km/h limit - which involved three vehicles, as well as the cyclist.

Several people attempted to perform first aid on the injured cyclist, assisted by firefighters, until paramedics arrived but, despite their efforts, they could do nothing to save his life.

The deceased man, from Cordoba, was 41 years old and was enjoying a family holiday in Fuengirola. He had gone out for a bike ride when the incident happened.

According to initial police investigations, the arrested man was at the wheel of a Mercedes car, with a Polish registration plate, along with two friends. They were not injured in the accident.

Apparently, for reasons that are still being investigated, the car hit a kerb and was launched into the air, hitting the cyclist, before landing – overturned – on top of another car and smashing into street furniture.

Sources have told SUR that the driver was breathalysed and produced a negative test. The results of a drug test are still being awaited.

The council in Fuengirola has sent its condolences to the family of the cyclist and said on social media, «This incident is solely attributable to the conduct of the person behind the wheel of the vehicle causing the accident, as the first investigations indicate that it greatly exceeded the maximum speed allowed.«

«The Town Hall and the local police will spare no effort bringing the perpetrator of this criminal act to face justice for this terrible event, which has cost the life of a person and has caused tremendous pain to their families and friends,» the statement ended.