GUATEMALA CITY – The driver who ran over a group of students who were protesting on the street last Wednesday in the Guatemalan capital, one of whom died this Saturday in hospital, handed himself over to the authorities this Saturday, officials said.
The driver was Jabes Emanuel Meda Maldonado, who came accompanied by his attorney to the court building, where he was arrested by the National Civil Police and turned him over to the court that issued his arrest warrant on Friday.
Meda, identified as the son of an evangelical pastor, would only say to reporters before entering the court building that “God is good.”
The secretary of the Attorney General’s Office, Mayra Veliz, said that Meda used the vehicle as a weapon against the students, driving over them, dragging them along and then driving away.
Prosecutor Luis Archila told the same reporters that the man in custody deliberately set out to hurt the students.
He said that Meda will be tried for the crimes of murder, because one of the victims has died; attempted murder, because a minor is hospitalized; and mistreatment and serious injuries to minors.
Archila said the suspect acted with malice aforethought and that in the incident there was “extreme cruelty and brutality.”
One of the youths run over, Brenda Dominguez, 15, died this Saturday around 4:30 am after showing symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia, said the director of Roosevelt Hospital, Carlos Soto.