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A drink-driver Mavi Sanchez who killed three cyclists when she ploughed into six bikers in Spain has admitted manslaughter four years after the horror crash.
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Mavi Sanchez, 32, crashed her Ford Mondeo into six men who were cycling through Oliva, Spain while she was almost four times over the drink-drive limit.
British expat Scott Gordon
British expat Scott Gordon, originally from Aberdeen, suffered life-changing injuries and underwent 17 operations following the horror crash in May 7, 2017.
Three members of the triathlon club were killed following the collision: Eduardo Monfort, 28, and Luis Alberto Contreras, 53, who died instantly, and Jose Antonio Albi, 28, who passed away five days later in hospital.
A fourth man, Andres Contreras, who is Luis’ son, was also critically injured.
Sanchez has now agreed to plead guilty to three counts of manslaughter, two of wounding, driving under the influence of drink and drugs and failing to render aid.
It is expected she will be jailed for three years and nine months despite the charges.
Her lawyers have told Gordon’s legal representatives that she will not seek to contest the charges in Gandia, near Valencia, where she was due to be tried next week.
It is believed she will only spend six more months behind bars because she had already spent time in prison on remand.
Sanchez, who was banned for driving for eight months after previously failing a breath test in 2013, failed a drugs test following the fatal accident.
She had crossed to the wrong side of the N332 near Alicante in her Ford Mondeo and crashed into the cyclists, who were largely members of an athletics club based in the Costa Blanca holiday resort of Javea.
The waitress was due to be tried by a judge without a jury, whose principal task following her police confession would have been to decide whether to sentence her to the maximum four years in prison under the legislation in force in May 2017.
The same offences today in Spain would be punishable by a jail sentence of up to nine years following a change in the law.
Oscar Anton, the lawyer representing Mr Gordon and the other survivors, said: ‘The driver’s lawyer has contacted me and said she will accept the maximum penalty on Monday.
‘It appears she did not want to go through a three-day trial that would have thrust her into the media spotlight.
‘If she sticks to her word the defendant will accept her four year prison sentence which is the most she can receive.
‘But prosecutors are obliged to reduce the sentence by three months because of her admission of guilt and she will have to serve a third of the sentence.
‘As she spent a year behind bars on remand she will have to do another six months in jail.
‘This will have to be ratified before a judge in court before she goes back to prison.’
Mr Gordon, 49, had to have a life-saving full blood transfusion and was in an induced coma for 19 days following the crash.
His injuries included a broken jaw, broken femur and tibia bones in both legs, a broken right arm and a collapsed lung.
The father-of-two remembers nothing about the accident.
Speaking today after being told Sanchez had decided to plead guilty, Mr Gordon said: ‘It’s nothing to celebrate as far as I’m concerned.
‘When you break it all down it’s absolutely ridiculous and pathetic how the Spanish legal system works.
‘I don’t think she’s suddenly had a change of heart and become compassionate about her crimes and the pain and suffering she’s caused by accepting her guilt and pleading guilty.
‘All this is for is to avoid going through media scrutiny and facing the public eye.’
Speaking last year, he added: ‘It will be more than four years by the time this goes to trial and I just want to get it over with so I can put it behind me and get on with the rest of my life.
‘It’s difficult but I’ve just had to accept I’ll never be the same old Scott again.
‘I loved sport and I loved participating in triathlons, especially Ironman triathlons.
‘My surgeries have finished and I’m back on a bike and swimming again.
‘But what this woman did was cause a life-changing event which will stay with me for the rest of my days.
‘My body is scarred, my knee doesn’t bend fully, I have a permanent limp and limited feeling on the left side of my leg and face among other problems.
‘Running is out of the question because of my knee problems and all the plates and rods and screws I’ve got in my body, and I’ll never be able to compete again because of the unbearable pain I feel in my knee and ankle after I’ve been cycling for a while.
‘I feel lucky to be alive and certainly luckier than the three friends who weren’t given a second chance but why should I be happy with that!
‘It’s human to feel resentment towards the woman responsible for what she’s taken away from me.
‘My lawyer’s tried to explain the Spanish court system to me but I can’t comprehend how someone can get off so lightly.
‘I find it such a disgrace that four years is the maximum prison sentence for the pain and suffering she’s caused. It seems so lenient.’
Sanchez told police after the crash she had been out partying all night before taking her grandfather’s car and crossing over to the wrong side of the road.
Friends described her as a student who often skipped classes in her home town of Gandia and flitted between shop and hotel jobs before moving on to bar work.
Shortly after her release on bail following her year-long prison remand, she was pictured enjoying herself at a disco in a photo which caused widespread revulsion.