EXCLUSIVE: Cycle protests planned after Malaga policeman’s death

LAST UPDATED: 7 Feb, 2014 @ 12:12
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EXCLUSIVE: Cycle protests planned after Malaga policeman’s death

PROTESTORS will pedal through Malaga on Sunday demanding more respect for cyclists, following a policeman’s death.

Enrique Gomez, 33, was hit by a car at around 7:30am last Sunday while cycling along Avenida Ortega y Gasset.

The driver was a 25-year-old woman, allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol and on her way home from a night of partying.

She appeared in court on Monday and was released without charge, pending trial.

The Asociación Ruedas Redondas plans to cycle from Malaga’s City Hall, at 10am, to the crash site, along with other cycling clubs and societies.

They are campaigning for more respect from drivers to cyclists, the minimum 1.5 metres distance to be enforced and for drivers to be extremely careful when overtaking.

Enrique, who has a seven month old daughter and had just finished building a house for his family in Puerto de la Torre, was a much-loved figure at Fuengirola police station and in the community.

He had not been scheduled to work last weekend but swapped shifts with a partner so that he could spend time with his family.

Known as ‘the doctor’ because he always carried a briefcase in hand, he was also an actor and a keen sportsman. Enrique was renowned for being out on his bike early every morning.

“We will miss you, you will always be in our hearts,” said co-worker Vanessa Llabres.

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