Mar 18, 2012

Billionaire’s Son Kills Cyclist in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO - Thor de Oliveira Fuhrken Batista, son of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, allegedly hit and killed a cyclist in Rio de Janeiro Saturday night. The businessman tweeted Sunday afternoon: “Unfortunately there was a fatal accident. However, Thor was not reckless.”

Billionaire’s Son may have hit and killed a bicyclest in Rio de Janeiro late Saturday night, 17 March 2012

Thor de Oliveira Fuhrken Batista’s car after accident (Photo: Nicson Olivier/G1 RJ)

Shortly before, Eike lamented “deeply” for the accident and commiserated with the relatives of the victim. “My sympathy to the family and my commitment that all necessary assistance will be provided,” Eike posted to Twitter, while also ensuring that his son will testify this week.

Batista also said that Thor was obeying the speed limit, submitted to a breathalyzer test, and answered all questions asked of him at the Federal Highway Police (PFR).

According to a report on the G1 website, entrepreneur Thor de Oliveira Fuhrken Batista, eldest son of Batista, ran over and killed cyclist Wanderson Pereira dos Santos, 30, on the Washington Luís Highway (BR-040), in Duque de Caxias, in Lower Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro state, on Saturday night.

The accident happened in the southbound lane moving towards Rio de Janeiro, descending the mountain. Thor was driving a Mercedes-Benz SLR Mc Laren, license plate EIK-0063. The family of the cyclist says that the victim did not cross lanes, as claimed by Thor, but was riding on the shoulder.

The case is being investigated as manslaughter by running over by motor vehicle by Precinct 61 (Xerem). The Civil Police (PC) said they will investigate the circumstances of the collision. Thor was subpoenaed to testify next Thursday and, according to police, may be indicted.

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