The panel of judges accepted a large part of the accusation, which alleged that the truck driver had purposely run over the victim, who had an extramarital relationship with his wife, with whom he would later divorce.
According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the man, currently residing in France, saw the victim, who was next to his car, parked on the side of a road, as he was going to his place of work, at 04:00 on 17 September 2014.
After arriving at work and picking up his heavy goods vehicle, the defendant changed his defined route to pass along the road where he had seen the victim with him then colliding head-on with the man, who ended up dying at the scene.
During the reading, the presiding Miguel Ferreira, recalled the defense's claims that the defendant did not know the victim and had only changed his route to pick up medication from his home (as he suffered from multiple sclerosis), and that due to poor visibility on the road he ended up colliding with the vehicle.
"When approaching he says he felt a vibration in a place where he passed at least twice a day, but, inexplicably, the heavy man shakes, has a jolt and goes towards a car and did not even realise that someone was there”, joked the judge, noting that the expert report rules out this claim.
Without having an intention to crash into the vehicle, “it is very strange to explain the accident”, he maintained.
Furthermore, the judge also said he did not believe that the accused did not know the victim.
The case was known, both in his area of residence and at work, he noted.
“We are not talking about a metropolis with two million people,” he added.
In this sense, the Court of Coimbra decided to sentence the defendant to 14 years in prison.