Manuel Varela was 18 years old and in his last year of high school.  He planned to study law.  (Photo: Facebook / All by Manu)

It was the 7:30 p.m. on June 10 Y Gabriela answered the call of his niece: “Manu had a accident with the motorcycle”. He thought that his son had broken a leg or an arm, but the sorrowful and muffled voice that he heard on the other end announced more serious news: Manuel Varela Araneda was dying in the hospital Sea of ​​Ajo.

The boy, 18 years old and with a technical degree in Laboratory and another in English, had left the gym and was heading home aboard a Gilera 110. He was hit by a Ford Ranger pickup and collided with a truck in the intersection of Marano and Chascomus. The impact it destroyed a kidney and caused a fracture in the spine. Manu lost a lot of blood, could not resist a first operation and died.

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He arrived at the hospital unconscious, but a few minutes before, with the last thread of his voice, he begged an older woman who was passing by the accident site: “Do not leave me alone”.

Manuel Varela was 18 years old and in his last year of high school. He planned to study law. (Photo: Facebook / All by Manu)

“It was missing that they passed the broom, just”

Relatives and friends of Manu denounce irregularities in the police procedure and suspect that it existed concealment to the truck driver. “At 7:50 p.m., half an hour after the crash, I passed that same corner on my way to the hospital. There was absolutely nothing left. They had moved the van, the motorcycle and the truck. He missed the broom pass, just ”tells him Gabriela Araneda a TN.

“If they hadn’t moved anything, the expertise would say much more. At the police station (No. 2 of Mar de Ajó) I showed the remains of Manu’s motorcycle in the truck and they told me that they had not seen them, that they had not noticed”, insists the woman.

One of the marches calling for justice for Manuel Varela.  (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)
One of the marches calling for justice for Manuel Varela. (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)

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There are no records of the accident on security cameras: “They told me they didn’t work.” Gabriela assures that it is not known at what speed the vehicles were going. And she points out: “There were witnesses who told what they saw and they were not even given a copy of their statements. In all the police stations, in case of any complaint, they give you a copy”.

The driver of the Ranger was charged with culpable homicide from the UFID No. 2 of Mar del Tuyú, by Martin Prieto. He is free and Gabriela says that he never communicated with her: “Do I think they want to protect him? Look. What I can tell you is that he owns several businesses in Mar del Tuyú and San Bernardo. He has money, what can I tell you”.

Relatives and friends of Manu papered the streets of Mar del Tuyú with his face.  (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)
Relatives and friends of Manu papered the streets of Mar del Tuyú with his face. (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)

“We need more witnesses to tell what they saw”

The absence of elements to clarify the death of Manu Varela prompted Araneda -along with other relatives and friends of the victim- to start a fight in search of Justice. Since that June 10, the streets of Mar de Ajó were wallpapered with the face of the young man and the marches in front of the police station.

The woman who witnessed Manu’s last moments gave her testimony to the prosecution: “He told me that at first he thought it was his grandsonBecause he dressed the same. She couldn’t see his face because my son was wearing a helmet.” In those minutes, the young man’s phone kept ringing: it was Fiorella, his girlfriend, in a desperate attempt to find out about him.

Manuel Varela on his last birthday, along with his mother and brother.  (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)
Manuel Varela on his last birthday, along with his mother and brother. (Photo: courtesy Gabriela Araneda)

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The mom’s energies are now focused on search for new witnesses. “We also need to get details of the time after the crash. There was a black Chevrolet Corsa that stopped and stayed a few minutes in the place. We need him to tell what he saw, ”she asks.

Manu was in his last year of high school at Technical School No. 2 in Mar de Ajó. I had already decided to study law. “My son was an amazing person. He was very positive. When faced with any problem, he always had an optimistic outlook and looked for a way to solve it”, Gabriela recalls, and concludes: “I will not let his death go unpunished”.

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