Court sentences father who fled scene of accident in which his son was killed

Luis Marabolí Flores was determined to be a danger to society.

24 de Marzo de 2009 | 12:59 | Ximena Pérez G., El Mercurio

SANTIAGO.- With a unanimous ruling, the Sixth Courtroom of the Santiago Court of Appeals decided to keep 38 year-old Luis Marabolí Flores in custody until his trial, after the man was involved in an accident that killed his 3 year-old son. The ruling revokes the decision that was made by the First Penalty Court, which had set him free for the time being.

While stating the allegations, the prosecutor for the Public Ministry, Jacqueline Guerra, asked the court to consider the fact the defendant had fled the scene of the accident and left behind his dead son. The situation was considered by the Court, which ordered he be kept in custody and designated him as a danger to society.

Meanwhile, Marabolí's defense attorney, Felipe Moraga, said that it has not yet been proved that his client was driving the vehicle, nor that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident –as claims the prosecutor- and indicated that the charges against him are based solely on statements given by the other two passengers in the vehicle who, according to Marabolí, were intoxicated at the time.

A 3 year-old boy was killed as a result of the accident, which took place on Calle Óscar Bonilla in the municipality of Pudahuel. After realizing that his son was dead, Marabolí fled the scene. Later, the man said that his actions were the result of being in a state of shock, assuring that he was remorseful for what he had done.

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