25 Aug, 2022 @ 17:42
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Woman killed during Costa Blanca bull run becomes seventh summer victim in Spain’s Valencia region

Woman Dies During Costa Blanca Bull Run To Become Seventh Victim This Summer In Spain's Valencia Region

A woman, 73, was fatally gored during the Beniarbeig bull runs on Thursday.

The victim was a French national who lived a few kilometres away in Denia.

She was a regular attender of such events in the Marina Alta area, earning the nickname of ‘Maria La Francesca’.

She died instantly from a chest injury after the bulls were released to run through the streets at 1.00 pm.

All bull run-related events were cancelled for the rest of the day as a mark of respect.

It’s the seventh bull goring in the Valencian Community this year- equalling the highest total back in 2015 and Thursday’s tragedy in Beniarbeig was the first one involving a woman.

Since July there have been fatalities at Castellon, Vallada, Soneja, Pedreguer, Meliana, and Picassent.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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