“Our concern was to fight the blaze,” said fireman José Palha. “It was only after we did that we became aware of the presence of a body, completely burnt, at the wheel of the car.”
Eighteen-year-old Francisco Boavida Ribeiro had been driving to the home he shared with his grandparents on the VIP estate of Quinta Patiño, Cascais, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to Correio de Manhã, he lost control of his Fiat Punto, and “could not have avoided the crash”.
His vehicle hit another car – “driven by a man of 36 years old (who suffered light injuries and was treated at Cascais Hospital) – rolled over and exploded as it hit an electrical post, catching fire straight away. The flames took over the vehicle, killing the young man who was carbonized”.
The horror took place between 1am and 2am on Sunday. It took rescue services over an hour to remove the body from the car and take it for autopsy in Lisbon, and the road was closed until 5am for various authorities to investigate.
The young victim’s grandparents were informed of the tragedy by the GNR and are understood to have gone down to the crash site.
Their grandson was close to his 19th birthday and had just started a university course in business studies, writes CM.
Quinta Patiño was in the news last month over another tragedy – the case of an apparently devoted husband and wife who were both found dead in different locations (see: https://www.portugalresident.com/millionaire-murder-and-death-plunge-suicide-rocks-cascais)