River Plate's Diego Buonanotte was excused from training yesterday, as he was called to appear in front of authorities deciding whether he should be charged with three counts of manslaughter following a fatal car crash last Christmas.
Buonanotte was allegedly driving in Buenos Aires Province on Boxing Day 2009 when he lost control and came off the road. Three of his friends were killed in the crash, and the promising playmaker was left gravely injured and only recently returned to play football. 'El Enano' survived because he was the only person in the vehicle who was wearing a seatbelt.
And Telam reports that studies made on the car and the crash scene mean there is a possibility the player could be charged with manslaughter for causing the three deaths - hence why today he met with local prosecutor Carlos Colimedaglia to declare his recollections of the accident.
"He said that he does not remember the moment of the accident and does not know how it happened. He gave us a rundown of that day with his friends; they were playing paddle and football, they went to a barbeque and then to a pub in Ferré, and when they were coming back from there the accident occurred", Colimedaglia told the news agency after the meeting, adding that the youngster told all that he could, " because he is still very upset and broken over the incident".
The prosecutor also added that, even though Buonanotte may not have been speeding or under the influence of alcohol, a failure to take into account the inclement weather of that morning may have led to him driving inappropriately.
"There is a variety of factors (which led to the crash)... He did not have complete control of the vehicle in the crucial moment. It is not the same driving at 100km/h on a sunny day and with perfect conditions and visibility, adoing it in torrential rain, gusts of wind and with the road covered in water."