Police claimed that the car in which the female Spanish tourist was a passenger broke through a police blockade. There is a chance the driver thought it was a barricade set up by criminals. In parts of some Brazilian cities drivers are advised not to stop at traffic lights due to the risk of criminals carjacking them.
Brazilian police accidentally shot dead a Spanish tourist in a Rio de Janeiro favela after the car she was in failed to stop at a police roadblock.
The woman has been named by local media as 67-year-old Maria Esperanza Ruiz Jimenez.
She is reported to have been travelling with two other Spaniards, an Italian and a guide.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil (BR) is estimated to have a population of 207.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.9% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 9.5 million.