What of Agustin Cardenas it has been a chain of bad luck. He was unlucky enough to be on duty this Saturday in Jerez de la Frontera. The bad luck that, in his escape from the Police, the 22-year-old boy who drove the Renault Megane after consuming cocaine, drove in his direction. The bad luck of arriving first, that those who were on the run dodged the car that blocked their path and hit him directly.
Agustín, 52 years old, is the Civil Guard agent who died early this Saturday, at 3:00 a.m., after being run over at 180 kilometers per hour on the access road to the AP-4, in the direction of Seville, in Jerez de la Frontera. As EL ESPAÑOL has been able to confirm, the young people who were driving were linked to the world of drug trafficking and they were in a shuttle car, a vehicle that goes outpost to alert others loaded with drugs of the controls in the area.
The general director of the Benemérita, Maria Gamez, has moved this Saturday to the burning chapel installed in the Old Town Hall of Jerez. He has been awarded, posthumously, the Civil Guard Cross of Merit with a red badge. With his death, Agustín leaves behind a woman, a daughter and three grandchildren. He was a very familiar person who spent as much time as possible with the kids.
As members of the Armed Institute have communicated to EL ESPAÑOL, the 22-year-old who was driving tested positive for cocaine and has a history of abuse in the family environment. Next to him, as a co-pilot, was another person, a male under 17 years of age who has administrative offenses. Both were on a service road on the A-381 motorway and were suspected by a police patrol that passed through the area around 2.30 in the morning.
When the youths saw the officers appear, they fled for about half an hour, with absolute disregard for the road safety of the other drivers. The authorities gave the warning to his companions later on to try to cut him off and, when they reached the height of a Local Police vehicle that was blocking the way, they tried to dodge it, hitting Agustín directly.
A few seconds after the fatal collision, the fugitives’ vehicle hit head-on with another who was returning from the hospital, leaving three minor injuries. Finally, they stopped and could be arrested by members of the Jerez Local Police.
A familiar person
“He was a good person and a very good friend of mine,” Luis Delgado Flor, president of the Guadalcaín Women’s Futsal. “He was divorced a long time ago and remarried. He was not always here, he was stationed elsewhere, but he had already been working in Jerez for many years, where he was from,” he adds.
Agustín was from Jerez all his life, he lived in the hamlet of Cuartillo, 15 minutes by car from the Civil Guard Barracks of the city. He married Maria in 1998 after divorcing from a previous marriage. Last year 2019 they made a great celebration to commemorate 21 years. With his death, he leaves her and her daughter behind, who was a relatively young mother and already, at 52, had given her three grandchildren. Those who knew him say that he was a quiet man, from the village, who enjoyed in his free time taking care of his garden and with his grandchildren.
His death has sparked all kinds of reactions at the national level. The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has transferred via Twitter his “solidarity and the condolences of the entire Government” for the whole family, “especially to his wife and daughter, and to the companions of Agustín Cárdenas, a civil guard who today died after being run over while performing a service of citizen security in Jerez “.
To that condolences the king has joined, Felipe VI. He has taken advantage of the videoconference that he has held in the Defense General Staff, this Saturday Armed Forces Day, with some military units to remember his “maximum service”.
The Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) has released a statement in which it has asked that Cádiz be declared as an area of special singularity. This would imply a reinforcement by the authorities in the province “given the constant escalation of violence caused by drug trafficking in the area.” The AUGC will also appear as a private prosecutor in this case.