A tourist was killed this week after being hit by a bus while crossing a pedestrian crosswalk on Tulum Avenue in Cancun. The tourist, a woman, reportedly died at the scene from the impact of the vehicle.
The vehicle in question was from the Yellowbus company, a private coach-style bus transportation service that operates for tourists in the Cancun area.
Local reports have stated that the driver was “driving recklessly” and ran over the woman while she was crossing near a pedestrian crosswalk. The incident reportedly occurred a few meters from a marked pedestrian crosswalk near the busy “El Ceviche” roundabout where Tulum and Coba Avenues intersect towards Kukulkan Avenue, which is in the thick of Cancun’s tourist area.
The incident happened on Wednesday, November 23, in the middle of the day.
Hit And Run: Vehicle Driver Fled The Scene
This tragic incident turned into a hit-and-run. According to some witnesses to the event, the Yellowbus driver reportedly fled the scene following the collision in the bus. The driver then abandoned his bus further along Tulum Avenue, right by Chichen Itza Avenue in front of the Fire Department base, only to hop in another vehicle in another attempt at a quick getaway.
Tránsito de Cancún announced they had found the vehicle responsible for the incident along Tulum Avenue and warned to use caution when driving in the area.
“We attended a traffic event on Av. Tulum in a south-to-north direction at the height of the pedestrian crossing. The responsible vehicle was abandoned on Av. Tulum, before reaching Av. Chichen Itza. Use extreme caution when driving in the area,” an English translation of the announcement that was made via their official Twitter page.
Not much time passed before the driver was caught by the local Cancun police force, which was along Rehollada park. According to the report, he was found with the help of the city’s C5 security cameras, which captured him abandoning his bus before going into another vehicle.
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Vehicle Driver Arrested And Taken Into Custody
This is a developing story. At the time of writing, there have been no updates on the woman’s nationality.
The driver, 62-year-old Nicholas “N,” was immediately arrested in the Cancun district SM 68. He is currently detained under the charges of a pedestrian hit and run.
Traffic Accidents in Cancun – Information For Travelers
This week’s tragic event was not the only vehicle accident in Cancun making the headlines this week. Later the same day, a car crashed into a palm tree, seriously injuring one tourist and injuring two others on the scene.
While pedestrian accidents are not fairly common in Cancun, despite how busy it is with traffic constantly flowing throughout the day, an increasing number of traffic accidents have been reported in 2022. Fatalities such as this one due to traffic incidents, however, are still very rare in Cancun and the surrounding region.
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