The family of Oswaldo Paya, a recently deceased prominent Cuban pro-democracy activist, said that his car was likely forced off the road, leading to the crash that killed him.
Paya’s son, who is also named Oswaldo, told the BBC that his father was frequently threatened with death.
Cuban dissidents on Monday told the Miami Herald that the Cuban military junta should investigate the deaths of Paya and dissident Harold Cepero Escalante, who was also in the car with Paya.
Rosa Maria Paya said there were others in the car who witnessed the it being driven off the road.
“The information we received from the boys in the car with him is that a car was trying to push them off the road, ramming them at every moment. So we think—we are convinced—that they wanted to harm them and ended up killing my father,” quoted the Herald.
In the car with Paya were European supporters Ángel Carromero Barrios and Jens Aron Modig. Both escaped with only minor injuries.
Paya was the founder of the Varela Project, which is a signature-gathering campaign within Cuba to support laws guaranteeing rights.
“He was a person sincerely committed to achieving the best for the Cuban people,” Miriam Leyva, a founding member of prominent activist group Ladies in White, told Fox News at his funeral Tuesday.The Cuban government said on Sunday that his car lost control and struck a tree.