Mexican TV Star Dies in Traffic Crash While Filming Ad
Grisly Tape of Collision Airs on TV in Mexico and U.S.
MEXICO CITY (May 7) - A television actor and male dancer killed in a traffic crash was violating laws by driving his motorcycle on a highway and filming without a permit, prosecutors in Mexico's capital said Friday.
Edgar Ponce, who has appeared on television soap operas and in the male dance troupe "For Women Only,'' died Thursday after a car hit his motorcycle on a highway where trucks, motorcycles and delivery vehicles are required to use side lanes. The accident occurred during the filming of an advertisement for "For Women Only."
Police said the driver was not trying to kill Ponce, and did not appear drunk, but was accused of involuntary homicide - similar to manslaughter - and released on a bail of about $27,000.
Grisly video tapes aired Friday on local television stations showed the car hitting Ponce, tossing him and his motorcycle into the air.
"There is a law prohibiting these motorcycles from driving in the center lanes of highways,'' said city Attorney General Bernardo Batiz. "We will have to investigate and see what violations there were.''
Fellow actor Poncho Denigris accused the motorist of purposely trying to hit the caravan of motorcycles driven by members of the troupe, which was filming a commercial for their show.
"The car didn't try to brake or anything,'' Denigris said.
Ponce had appeared in soap operas such as "Salome'' and "Amigas y Rivales.''
05-07-05 21:07 EDT