CARACAS, Venezuela — The case of Caracas’ Cristobal Leyva, who was killed by an oncoming car on the night of Feb. 6, was a perfect storm of circumstances.
Leyva’s girlfriend, Cara Devingne, was in the car with him, and both were at a party the night before.
The party was the second night of a festival celebrating the start of the second semester of the College of Engineering.
At the party, Devenne allegedly got out of the car and began chasing a man in a red Porsche 911, according to a police report.
She hit Devennes car, and then sped off.
As the car drove down a residential street, Devingnes car crashed into a tree, causing the car to roll over, according the police report, which was made public last week.
Leyvas death was ruled an accident, although it is not clear whether the accident occurred in the night.
The coroner’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Leyvas death was the fourth fatal car accident in Venezuela since January, the countrys third-most recent spike in fatalities since the beginning of this year.
Caracas police chief Luisa Villanueva said Monday that the case is the result of a “criminal” and “organized crime” conspiracy.
The homicide is also a reminder that the streets of Caracas are crowded and crowded with cars, even though most residents do not drive.
Villanues death was a case of car accident, but the victim’s sister and mother were also in the vehicle, Villanuelas told reporters.
“There is a lot of people who are involved in this crime and not to take into account the fact that the victim was only 24 years old and the defendant was 27 years old,” she said.
Villanias family is not seeking a trial, but said they want to take responsibility for the incident and get justice.
“We do not want this to happen again to another family,” Villanues mother said.
Devennes sister said her sister wanted to “do something good” for her family, according a statement from Devenes family.
“The only thing that we can do is to be brave,” she told CNN.
“I want to do this as a woman and do this with my sisters help.”
Villanucas family says the investigation has revealed that Leyva was a victim of “organized criminal crime” and that “criminal elements” are “responsible for the deaths of other victims.”
Villanios sister, Carina Villani, says she is not satisfied with the findings of the investigation.
“This is not the way it is supposed to be done,” she added.
“These people are not in control of their own destiny, but they want this,” Villani said.
The police chief said she had no idea whether Leyva had any criminal history, and added that the “criminal element” is the only person who should be in charge of investigating the case.
The car was driven in a rural area in Venezuela that is often under-populated, said Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan car accident lawyer.
“If there was a problem in the accident, we should have looked at that,” he said.
“They should not be responsible for the crash.”
In the last few years, car accidents have increased in Venezuela, with a national average of nearly 1,200 car accidents per year, according data from the Caracas Municipal Council.
In 2014, at least 538 people died in car accidents in Venezuela.
Devedne, a 29-year-old mother of two, is being tried on murder charges in the case and faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Devingnes family and Devenezas family say they have not received the victim impact statements yet and that they plan to file a civil lawsuit.
They say that they were also unable to get a copy of the crash report, and that Leyvias family has not shown up at the courthouse.
“Caracas is a big city and there are many roads,” said Villanuals family.
Caracases murder rate has doubled in the last year and car accident deaths have increased by about 50% since 2013, according Tooray, an independent car accident attorney in Caracas.
“It’s a tragedy, it’s a crime, but in this case, there was not any crime,” said Toorays son, Jorge Rodriguez.
“My son was driving his car and the car hit him, but no one did anything.
He just hit his head.”
A day after the fatal accident, the Venezuelan government announced it would launch a national campaign to improve road safety.
It will also establish a hotline to help people report car accidents.
Villanez says she does not have much faith in the government’s plan.
“People are scared and they’re scared of being prosecuted.
They don’t know what’s going to happen,” she noted.