Reading pavement crash victim funeral held

Irene Rodriguez Caballero and Jonatan Bosque Image copyright Jonatan Bosque
Image caption Irene Rodriguez Caballero and boyfriend Jonatan Bosque were hit by a car as they walked home in Reading

The funeral of a Spanish woman who was killed in Reading when a car mounted a pavement has been held.

The body of Irene Rodriguez Caballero, 36, was repatriated back to Spain on Friday and buried on Saturday by her family, her boyfriend said.

She had moved to Reading last year but died after the crash on 27 December.

Her father Juan Rodriguez appeared on a Barcelona TV channel criticising the Spanish authorities in London for a lack of support and poor treatment.

'Done nothing'

Speaking on 8TV Mr Rodriguez said he had felt abandoned by the Spanish Embassy after calling them for help to repatriate his daughter's body.

Spanish residents in London demonstrated outside the country's consulate on Saturday and an online petition has been set up, signed by more than 700 people, calling on the Spanish authorities to offer more support to the Rodriguez family.

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Image caption A demonstration by Spanish residents in London criticised the consulate for not offering more support

Boyfriend Jonatan Bosque, who was seriously injured in the crash and remains at Royal Berkshire Hospital, said: "They have done nothing.

"If you get a call from a father who has lost his daughter, at least have a word with him."

The Spanish embassy was not available for comment.

Ms Rodriguez Caballero died three days after the crash in Caversham Road, Reading.

Mr Bosque said they were just metres from their home when the car hit them. He suffered multiple skull fractures and two broken legs.

Two Reading men aged 23 and 26 were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and bailed until 30 March.

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