Our sister in Christ, Socorro, just called me and said her husband Paulo hit a person in his car this morning about 6:30 a.m., on his way to work, resulting in the person’s death.
The person stepped out in front of his car, and he was unable to swerve away.
He continues at the police station, with members of the deceased’s family and witnesses to the accident.
Paulo has been in contact with the lawyer of the company where he works.
Please pray that Paulo will not suffer any legal or criminal action as a result, as well as being able to deal with the emotional impact of being the cause, however indirectly and innocently, of another person’s death.
Paulo has been a Christian for many years. I performed his and Socorro’s wedding. They have one son, Netinho, 1 and 1/2 years old.
Paulo, Socorro and Netinho paid us a visit last night in our home for Bible reading and prayer.
UPDATE: Paulo was released from the police station a little while ago (between 10:30-11:00 our time). One correction: there were witnesses, but they did not stay at the scene of the accident, so it was just Paulo and one or more members of the family at the police station.
The man was 40ish, separated from his wife, with two daughters. Two of his brothers, ironically, live on Paulo’s street, Socorro said.
Another brother who’s a lawyer, Jorge, has recommended that Paulo make sure the autopsy test for alcohol or drugs, which would almost automatically release him from the process, since it would suggest the victim was imprudent or even possibly suicidal.
Socorro said he’d decided to go ahead to work. Probably better than staying at home running the details of the accident through his mind.
UPDATE 2: I talked with Paulo by phone late this afternoon. He’s pretty shaken up, his company judged him not fit to work today and sent him home. Another brother who is a lawyer said he was going to visit the police station today and talk to the police chief, to make sure all autopsy exams would be run and let it be known that Paulo’s wouldn’t be a pushover situation in case someone tried to take advantage of it. There are people looking out for his well-being, and that counts for a lot in these parts.