Moment speeding driver smashes into family car during street drag race killing a 42-year-old father and his eight-year-old son in Argentina
- Germán Schoeller and Pablo Mancini were placed under pre-trial custody without bail on Monday in Rosario, Argentina
- The pair had been drag racing down a street when Schoeller’s car smashed into a family car, killing David Pizorno, 42, and his eight-year-old son Valentino
- Schoeller and Mancini are being charged negligent homicide
- Surveillance camera footage released Monday showed Mancini nearly colliding with David Pizorno’s car before Schoeller slammed his vehicle into it
- David Pizorno and his son were declared dead at the scene of the crash and his wife Cintia Díaz was hospitalized
Surveillance camera footage shows the moment a driver smashed into a car during an alleged street drag race, killing a 42-year-old father and his eight-year-old son in Argentina.
Footage of the March 20 accident was released Monday of the tragic accident as the two drivers involved in the alleged race were charged with negligent homicide.
Germán Schoeller, 36, was speeding with Pablo Mancini down a street in Rosario, Argentina when the accident happened, prosecutors say.
The surveillance video from an intersection captures the moment a Citrögen 4 driven by Mancini narrowly misses a Citrögen C3 driven by David Pizorno.
A moment later Schoeller’s Renault Sendero smashes into the married man’s vehicle.
Pizorno and his eight-year-old son Valentino were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
His wife, Cintia Díaz was rushed to a medical facility where she was treated for her injuries and later released.
The formal accusation on Monday was made during a court hearing, the first that Schoeller had participated in since he had been hospitalized due to injuries sustained in the high-speed crash.
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Eight-year-old Valentino Pizano and his father David Pizorno, 42, were killed March 20 when a vehicle that was part of an illegal street race plowed into the vehicle the elder Pizorno was driving
Still image of a surveillance camera shows the moment David Pizorno is crossing a street intersection in Rosario, Argentina, before his car was slammed into
Germán Schoeller (left) told an Argentine court that he was not aware of how fast his car was traveling before he crashed into a vehicle in which a family was traveling March 20. The accident claimed the lives of David Pizorno and his son Valentino Pizorno. Surveillance footage shows a car driven by Pablo Mancini nearly hitting the Pizorno’s vehicle before Schoeller collided with them
Schoeller was hospitalized and discharged April 15, but he was immediately placed in home confinement.
A motion filed by prosecutors to place Schoeller in pre-trial custody was approved by the judge overseeing Monday’s hearing, according to online news portal Infobae.
‘We were able to refute, through objective evidence, what the defense argued that he was following the other vehicle and did not realize the speed,’ Rosario prosecutors Walter Jurado and Valeria Piazza said in a joint statement.
Schoeller could face anywhere between eight to 25 years in prison if he is found guilty.
Mancini has also been held without bail for his role in the accident.
‘He acted with gross negligence because he was moving at high speed in an intersection busy with pedestrians, not stopping at any time when crossing Ayacucho street and ignoring the intermittence of said traffic light,’ prosecutors said.
David Pizorno’s Citrögen C3 was completely wrecked after it was slammed into at an intersection on a street in the central Argentine province of Rosario on March 20
Cintia Díaz survived the crash that left her husband David Pizorno and son dead
Valentino Pizorno was killed in a car accident in Rosario, Argentina, on March 20
During the hearing, Schoeller acknowledged he lost track of how fast he was driving his vehicle, the first he has ever owned and which he purchased in 2019.
Authorities say the car’s speedometer registered 82 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
‘That night we got together with some friends to eat, it was something frequent, we did it once a month. I had a glass of beer about two hours before going out more or less, without any idea that something as serious as what happened was going to happen,’ Schoeller said.