The municipality of Florida, a small commune in southern Chile, is in mourning following the tragic death of its mayor, Jorge Roa. The fatal incident took place last Saturday when Roa, driving his vehicle on route 146, lost control and crashed into a streetlight pole, suffering only minor injuries.
What worsened the situation was the result of the alcohol test he underwent, which revealed that Roa had 1.8 grams of alcohol per liter of blood in his system, far exceeding the legal limit in the country. This event, combined with remorse and the pressure of his position, led the mayor to announce his irrevocable resignation in a Facebook post.
The news of his resignation caused great shock among his supporters, who expressed their support and asked him to reconsider his decision. However, Roa did not respond to any of the messages and decided to end his own life at his home.
In the message he posted on Facebook, Roa admitted his responsibility in the accident and apologized to his family, friends, neighbors, and all those who had placed their trust in him. Furthermore, he revealed that he was dealing with depression that was affecting his physical and mental health.
Robert Contreras, the governor of Concepción Province, deeply regretted the tragic death of Jorge Roa and expressed his condolences to his family and the community of Florida. Roa was widely loved and respected in his commune, where he had carried out notable social and community work.
Jorge Roa’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, February 14th, at the cemetery of the commune, following a mass at the San José church. The attendance of regional and national authorities, as well as representatives from political parties and social and neighborhood organizations, is expected.
This sad event serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences that can arise from driving under the influence of alcohol, and how emotional and mental pressures can have a significant impact on people’s lives, even those in positions of responsibility in society.