Vélez Benaudalla Mourns

The town of Vélez Benaudalla lost one of its sons in a road accident in India yesterday: 31-year-old Francisco Pedrosa Gijón.

The accident happened in Chittoor (near Anatapur) when the minibus he was travelling in with nine Spanish companions, collided with a lorry. According to the Indian authorities in Andhra Pradesh, the driver of the container lorry had lost control of the vehicle on a bend and had ploughed into the oncoming minibus.

As well as Francisco, three Spaniards from Ronda (Josefa Morán Molinillo, Vicente Pérez Moreno and María Nieves López), as well as their Indian driver died; either in the crash or shortly afterwards. The driver, who was a local from the area, has still not been identified.

There were six other Spanish nationals, as well as another Indian national, injured in the accident, two of whom seriously.

All of the group were volunteers working with the Spanish rural development trust, Fundación Vicente Ferrer, whose main aim is providing housing for the poor.

The loss in Vélez Benaudalla is keenly felt as he comes from a well known family in the village who run Café Bar Alhambra – he is also a friend of one of our clients.

The V.B. Town Hall declared three days of official mourning during a special meeting of the Town Council yesterday; a decision that was unanimously supported. They also called for a turn out at 12.00h today as a public demonstration in support of the family. The turn out was considerable, as the photo provided shows

Lastly, Francisco Pedrosa ran his own blog, which we have linked to so that readers can have a better idea of who he was and the sort of person he was.

(News: Velez-Benaudalla, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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