He went past the red light

I know the above sentence can be translated into Spanish as:

Pasó la luz roja.

Is there a better translation to this, one that the locals use?

Also, how would one translate this:

He went "right" past the red light and met with an accident

Please mention your nationality so that it's easier to understand what dialect of Spanish your translation uses.

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    In Cuba we say se llevó [la roja] o [la luz] y tuvo [un accidente] o [un choque] speaking in that context May 27, 2014 at 16:15

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The local way to say it:

Se saltó el semáforo.

I'm spanish.

The sentence will be translated:

Se saltó el semáforo y tuvo un accidente.

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    Has olvidado el acento de "saltó" ;)
    – rafabayona
    May 23, 2014 at 7:54
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    ¿Que parte de España? Hay muchos dialectos regionales en la península... Y no incluyo las Canárias.
    – palopezv
    May 27, 2014 at 13:30
  • Esto es Español, se lo he escuchado decir a andaluces, catalanes y madrileños. Desconozco si los canarios tienen una palabra propia para semaforo. May 28, 2014 at 13:38

He went past the red light = Se pasó la luz roja / Se pasó el semáforo / Rebasó la luz roja / Rebasó el semáforo.

  • My question was about translating "he went right past the red light" and not "he went past the red light". I already know the translation for the latter. But thanks anyways.
    – TheLearner
    May 27, 2014 at 13:40

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