Those responsible and ‘precarious installation’: investigation brings news about deaths in BMWs in SC


The police investigation presented by the Civil Police, through the DIC (Criminal Investigation Division) of Balneário Camboriú, brings important details and points out those possibly responsible for the deaths of four young people in a BMW parked at the city’s bus station.

Gustavo, Nicolas, Tiago and Karla are the young people killed in a BMW at the Balneário Camboriú bus station – Photo: Reproduction/ND

The deaths of Thiago de Lima Ribeiro, Karla Aparecida dos Santos, Gustavo Pereira Silveira Elias and Nicolas Oliveira Kovaleski occurred on January 1st. The investigation concluded this Wednesday (31).

As already disclosed, the investigations carried out by the Scientific Police concluded that the cause of the deaths was asphyxiation caused by the inhalation of carbon monoxide that leaked through the rupture of a part, called downpipeand entered the vehicle’s cabin through the air conditioning.

BMW 320i exhaust – Photo: Reproduction/Internet

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The experts concluded that the part, which was installed to replace the vehicle’s catalytic converter, was “produced and assembled in a precarious manner and deviating from the manufacturer’s quality standards”.

The investigation showed that the part that broke was installed in a workshop located in the city of Aparecida de Goiânia (GO), in July 2023, and that the service was carried out by a 48-year-old individual, without any technical training, and under the supervision and control of the 35-year-old owner of the establishment.

In view of the evidence, the investigation concluded with the indictment of the owner of the workshop and the person responsible for building and installing the equipment for four counts of manslaughter – when there is no intention to kill – given the lack of skill in carrying out the service.

The procedure was sent for analysis by the Judiciary and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, in order to proceed with the criminal prosecution procedural phase.

ND Mais contacted the defense of the workshop owner, who highlighted that they have not yet been officially notified about the indictment. “Whatever happens, we will speak out”, reinforced lawyer David Soares.

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According to the Santa Catarina Civil Police investigation, the young people traveled from Paracatu (MG) to Florianópolis, spent Christmas in the city and, at the turn of the year (the 31st), went to Balneário Camboriú.

It was in the coastal city that they spent the day at the beach, eating a hot dog without drinking any liquid, as other witnesses reported.

Tiago de Lima Ribeiro, 21 years old, was behind the wheel of the vehicle and had already felt ill on the journey between Florianópolis and Balneário Camboriú, expressing nausea. However, as the distance covered was relatively small, the young man was not exposed to carbon monoxide for a long period, which did not result in his death.

The group arrived at the Balneário Camboriú bus station at around 3:15 am, on New Year’s Eve. The bodies of the young people were found around 7:30 am.

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