Peru: Drunk driver kills 19-year-old changing tire on Javier Prado Avenue

(LIP-ir) — A 19-year-old girl was killed yesterday while her sister and friend were injured after a 22-year-old drunk driver crashed into them on Javier Prado Avenue.

Jennifer Picón Vizconde, her 26-year-old sister Johana and her 24-year-old friend Juan Carlos Osores Infante were attempting to change their car tire early Wednesday morning when they were hit by a 4×4 truck being driven by María Paz Martínez Véliz.

The person worst affected by the impact was Jennifer, who died instantly after being thrown 15 meters (50 feet). The other two youngsters suffered minor injuries such as cuts and bruises and were hospitalized as a precaution.

The accident was reported to have taken place at 2:10 a.m. on the 37th block of Javier Prado Avenue in Surco. According to witnesses, María Paz Martínez Véliz made no effort to help the victims and fled the scene of the accident.

Taxi drivers in the area called serenazgo (auxiliary police) who caught Martínez at the intersection of El Golf and Circunvalación.

Once caught, the drunk driver denied having been the cause of the accident, sobbing and asking police how they could accuse her of something she had not done.

The evidence was obvious though. Martínez, who had a dented hood, a broken windshield and hair on her bumper, was taken into custody.

Alcohol tests proved she had 1.68 milligrams of alcohol for every liter of blood in her body, three times the legal limit.

She is facing up to 12 years in prison if convicted on drunk driving and manslaughter charges.