Blind man wins EUR 500,00 for driving at 154kmh

18th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2007, BARCELONA — A court has let a man off for the second time for fraudulently claiming to be blind — despite police catching him driving a BMW 154 kmh.

18 January 2007

BARCELONA — A court has let a man off for the second time for fraudulently claiming to be blind —  despite police catching him driving a BMW 154 kmh.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported on Thursday how a traffic accident in 1996 affected the sight of man, named only as Domingo M.A.

He was declared completely blind in a later court case.

Insurance company Mapfre had to pay him about EUR 500,000 in compensation.

Two years later, however, he was fined by the Civil Guard for driving his BMW at 154 kmh, despite his "complete blindness".

The fact that he was able to drive and sign the fine prompted Mapfre to take him to court for fraud.

But despite two appeals, the courts declared him "legally blind", forcing Mapfre to pay out the sum owed plus the interest.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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