Seconds before running over waiter Rhenê Rodrigues Martins, 30, on the BRT lane, in Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio, on the night of July 30, Felipe Zelino Vitório Moitinho, who was driving a rented white pickup truck with gyroflex by the Jacarepaguá Subprefecture, ran a red light at high speed. The information was revealed by a witness who gave testimony, this Wednesday, after presenting himself spontaneously at the 16th DP (Barra da Tijuca).
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The waiter could not resist his injuries and was admitted dead to a hospital. According to the witness’ account, she was driving a car on Avenida das Américas, towards Zona Sul, when she stopped at a red traffic light. According to the statement, she noticed that the victim was leaving the Bosque Marapendi BRT station by going down a ramp towards the pedestrian crossing. Still according to the woman, at this moment, she saw the white pickup come at high speed crossing the sign that was closed to vehicles. She also said that then she was startled when she noticed the impact of the car that stuck the sign against the waiter’s body. The witness stated that after the hit, the truck did not slow down and left the scene quickly.
The hit-and-run driver was heard by the police on the 26th. At the time, he was in a commissioned position at the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, and he stated at the time that he thought he had hit an object belonging to a person. After realizing that the vehicle was damaged, he registered the accident in the Traffic Registration Bulletin (Brat) as a hit-and-run with a horse.
“The deponent was driving the vehicle involved in the accident investigated, along the BRT lane, towards the Itanhangá neighborhood, when, when crossing the traffic light located just before the Bosque Marapendi station, towards the south, he felt an impact coming from the left side, and did not see what he had hit, but stopped immediately, and when looking in the rearview mirror, he noticed that there was a person standing on the sidewalk, and he believed he had hit some object that that person was carrying, and as he noticed nothing, he continued on his journey (.. .) and justified the accident, along with the rental company, saying that he had run over a horse, information that was in the BRAT (Traffic Accident Registration Bulletin) online, on the website of the PMERJ (Military Police of Rio de Janeiro), presented in the rental company,” Zelino said in his statement.
In his testimony, the driver also explained that he was authorized to ride the BRT rail because it was a special vehicle. But as the car was not yet registered in the city hall system, the plate was removed to avoid being fined by the sparrows. However, he said he was not sure who removed the mandatory identification, as it could have been him or a colleague who also used the truck.
Also according to Zelino, the gyroflex used in the car is yours. The equipment was seized by the Civil Police and was used by the driver “to give official use of the vehicle on exclusive lanes, such as the BRT”.