Argentine star Nahuel Zarate has been jailed for five years after killing two men in a
car smash. Zarate was also disqualified from driving for ten years having been found
guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
The ex-professional footballer began his career with the South American giants,
and went on to play for Godoy Cruz, Union, Atletico Tucuman, Fenix, Gimnasia Jujuy
and CA Guemes as recently as last weekend.
Argentinian media report that the footballer was over the drink-drive limit and was
doing 118mph when he hit the back of a taxi back in 2018, causing the deaths of two
men. Both 55-year-old Norberto Rodolfo Brienza and 54-year-old Nestor Francisco
Mormandi were killed instantly in the collision – with lawyers acting on their behalf
calling for a sentence of over a decade.
Ole report that Zarate was speaking on his mobile when the crash took place at
the intersection of Avenida General Paz with Madariaga which is a motorway
surrounding Buenos Aires.
Zarate is said to be planning an appeal, but his career as a professional left-back
appears to be all but over at the age of 28 following his Boca breakthrough eight
years ago back in 2013.