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Spanish Taxi Driver Dies Following Fight With British Youths

July 2, 1988

CALVIA DE MAJORCA, Balearic Islands (AP) _ A taxi driver died of a heart attack after a brawl with five British men who sprayed his passengers with beer, police in this resort town said Saturday.

A police spokesman said officers jailed five British men aged 18 to 21 after the fight early Friday on a discotheque-lined street of Calvia, a popular coastal resort on this Spanish Mediterranean island.

The office of the paramilitary Civil Guard in Palma, the capital, said the men would be arraigned on charges of public violence causing injuries.

Taxi driver Antonio Vega Moreno, 46, of Calvia, who suffered from a heart condition, died of a heart attack en route to Sondureta Hospital in Palma after the fight, said the police spokesman. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with custom. The fight began just before 2 a.m. Friday when the man sprayed the driver’s passengers with beer as the car pulled away from a taxi stop, the spokesman said.

When Vega Moreno protested the action, the Britons began beating him and one struck him with a bottle, the spokesman quoted witnesses as saying.

They traded punches with several taxi drivers who came to help Vega Morena, and at least one of the drivers suffered facial cuts and bruises, the spokesman said. Municipal police and paramilitary Civil Guard officers broke up the brawl.

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