One American died yesterday when the vehicle he was driving – the brakes failed and the vehicle overturned and he was pressed under the car.
The incident occurred at 11 a. m. on a gravel road that goes from Lagunas de Baru Savegre Aguirre to Perez Zeledon.
The foreigner was identified as Daniel Leroy Kelly, 69 years old.
The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) reported that the the American was traveling with three other foreigners. Officials haven’t released the identities of the passengers.
The driver died at the scene of the accident, while three others were unharmed in the accident.
Gerald Valverde, Transit official who attended the event, said the accident occurred because the brakes failed.
Apparently, the driver was going to San Isidro de El General, in his Toyota Four Runner vehicle when the vehicle lost control after the brakes failed. Apparently, the accident was related to speeding and mechanical failure.” said Valverde.
Don Dicker, a friend of the victim, said the foreigner was retired and lived with his wife and seven year old son in a house in Perez Zeledon.
“He (the victim) was a lover of nature, animals and especially, fishing. Something he always wanted to do was live a quiet life – he found it but could not enjoy it long enough.” said Don Dicker, the friend of the the American.