Published On: Fri, Apr 8th, 2016

Motorcycle accidents claim three lives, including two American tourists

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Accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles continue to claim lives in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Two tourists from Texas were killed in a motorcycle accident last week while on vacation in Cozumel, Quintana Roo. Meanwhile, a Progreso head-on accident Friday April 8 claimed the life of a still unidentified motorcyclist.

According to multiple Spanish newspaper reports, Texans Kenneth Thornton of Bryan, 51, and Lawana Rose of Lewisville, 50, died in Cozumel on April 2. The two were on a Carnival cruise that docked in Puerta Maya for the day.

The pair rented a Honda moped for the day, and the accident occurred around 3:20 p.m. when they crashed into a wall. Rose died at the scene; Thornton died later in a hospital.

A representative for Carnival cruise lines did not immediately have more information about the incident.

According to witnesses, the motorcycle was seen traveling at a high rate of speed on Saturday when the driver lost control and crashed into a concrete harbor wall. Municipal authorities were called to the scene at 3:20 p.m. where they found the two American tourists.

Two cruise ship passengers die in motorcycle accident in Cozumel (Photo: El Policiaco, Cozumel)

Two cruise ship passengers die in motorcycle accident in Cozumel (Photo: El Policiaco, Cozumel)

According to reports, Rose died instantly, while the man, later identified as her husband, 51-year-old Kenneth Thorton, died in hospital. Both were from Texas.

Police say the couple arrived on the island at 7:30 a.m. that morning via a Carnival Liberty cruise ship that docked at Puerta Maya. Cruise passengers were docked to spend a day on Isla Cozumel and were to set sail again at 5:00 that same afternoon.


 

Meanwhile on Friday April 8th, around 9 am, a motorcyclist died after colliding head-on into a Ford pick-up tuck at Calle 122 of colonia Vicente Guerrero, near the site known as “La Caleta” in the muncipality of Progreso, Yucatán.

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The driver of the truck was detained and his responsibility in the incident is yet to be determined. (Photo: yucatan.com.mx)

According to Diario de Yucatan, the tragic collision occurred when the motorcyclist, who is still unidentified, about 30 years old, was traveling from east to west on Calle 123, and when he reached “La Caleta” collided head-on into the truck, which was traveling from west to east on the same road.

Authorities declared the motorcyclist died instantly; he flew about ten feet from the impact, and ended up face down on the street.

The driver of the truck was detained by the authorities, and his responsibility in the incident is yet to be determined.

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