Cuba dissident’s crash death caused by second car: driver
AFP – A crash that killed dissident Oswaldo Paya in Cuba last year was caused when his car was hit from behind by another, the driver of the crashed vehicle asserted in an interview published Wednesday.
Angel Carromero told the Washington Post that a rental car he was sharing with Paya had been followed by a succession of vehicles after leaving to town of Varadero but the last one “began to harass us, getting very close.”
“The last time I looked in the mirror, I realized that the car had gotten too close — and suddenly I felt a thunderous impact from behind,” said Carromero, a Spanish conservative youth leader.
“I lost control of the car, and also consciousness — or that is what I believe, because from that point my memories are unclear, perhaps from the medications they gave me.”
Carromero’s account directly contradicts both official Cuban findings and his own statement in a video tape released by Cuban authorities a week after the July 22 crash, which killed Paya and another dissident Harold Cepero.
In that statement, Carromero said they had not been hit from behind by a second vehicle.
Swedish political activist Jens Aron Modig, who survived the crash, also told reporters at a press conference organized by the government that he did not recall there having been a second vehicle.
But Paya’s family has called for an independent investigation, saying early on that they had heard the dissident’s car had been rammed from behind.
Paya was one of the Cuban government’s most prominent critics, and his death caused an international storm.
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