(Pinamar, Special Envoy)
A 34-year-old tourist, a native of Corrientes, died this Wednesday in Pinamar when the quad he was driving turned into a dune in the extreme north of the city, on the border with Costa Smeralda. The victim was with her two children, ages 2 and 7, and a 36-year-old friend.
One of the boys was unharmed, while his little brother and the victim’s friend suffered mild multiple injuries and were taken to the municipal hospital.
All three were fired when the quad rolled through the dune. The vehicle crushed the children’s mother, who died on the spot.
Research sources consulted by Infobae they identified the victim as Agustina Queirel, a native of the capital of Corrientes. María Emilia, the friend, who is also from Corrientes and who works in a drugstore in that province, “he suffered a blow to one of his legs ”.
“One of the children has a blow to the chest but he’s fine and his little brother was unharmed”, according to sources of the case in the municipal hospital where they were treated.
However, then María Emilia was transferred to the Clínica del Bosque, which is four blocks from the municipal hospital.
The accident happened this Wednesday, around 4:30 p.m. Agustina, her two children and her friend were traveling in a quadricycle Cforce 625, that in the market is around 30 thousand dollars.
The sources consulted by this means said that the victim “he crossed from the forbidden side of circulation in the private part of the dunes, outside the safe cordon “.
The ATV that Agustina was driving “He turned around when a dune rose” and the young mom died on the spot: the vehicle fell on him. “I didn’t have a helmet”, sources expanded.
The victim was staying in Costa Esmeralda and, according to Esteban Maggi, Head of Security of Playas de Pinamar, in dialogue with TN, the accident occurred “in a private property in the north of the city and they drove without containment elements ”.
And expanded that María Emilia “is out of danger” and said that the boys “were checked by medical personnel and are not serious.”
Maggi remarked that in the area there are controls, signaling, police and security personnel to prevent these accidents: “We have a significant saturation of vehicles, and people do not heed the indications of the staff stationed in the place”.
It is calculated that each summer season 25 thousand beach vehicles circulate in the resort, mostly concentrated in the strip known as “La Frontera”, which borders the Partido de la Costa and extends over more than seven kilometers.
It is an area of dunes with few paradores, where incidents are often repeated and where public control is limited, since part of the area where the vehicles circulate is private property, places that the State cannot reach.
In Pinamar, each driver must wear a helmet, have a driver’s license with the respective category (It exists since January 2, 2019 and drivers must take a test drive on the authorized tracks), proof of domain ownership (by means of a certificate or title and / or purchase invoice together with an import certificate, if applicable due to the type of vehicle), Proof of current and up-to-date insurance. In addition, all ATVs and UTVs must carry a two-meter-long antenna with a flag at the top that serves so that drivers can identify themselves between the ups and downs of the dunes.
Articles 38, 40, 77 and related articles of the National Traffic Law 24,449 establish fines for “lack or suspension of licenses, lack of insurance, lack of helmet, driving in a state of alcoholic intoxication, escapes not allowed, minors driving, excess of allowed occupants, circulation in areas not allowed, driving or dangerous maneuvers and / or any conduct that puts the health of drivers and pedestrians at risk ”.
Faced with the tragedy in Pinamar, sources of the investigation explained that, “in these cases, when the responsibility lies with the driver himself, no crime. In principle, the intervention of the Criminal Justice is to determine whether there is a crime or not ”. That is why the prosecutor Juan Pablo Calderón was initially intervened.
And they concluded: “For there to be a criminal offense, a third party would have to intervene, for example, another who was driving. And, with regard to injuries, there could be the crime of culpable injuries but when the accused dies, there is automatically dismissal due to termination of the criminal action ”.
(Photos: Gustavo Gavotti)