A Cruise Bruise Investigation has learned the names of those killed on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, (see video below) during a cruise ship excursion to Chacchoben Ruins from two Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise ships. Passengers had been aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Serenade of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox.
The cruise ship passengers were from Olympia, Washington; Apopka, Florida; Coconut Creek, Florida; Lorton, Virginia; Gatineau, Quebec, Canada and Svealand, Sweden.
A Miguel Angel Pech Cen, Mexican state prosecutor said a preliminary manslaughter investigation indicated the driver lost control of the bus and when he tried to get back on the narrow highway, the bus flipped, struck a tree and landed in vegetation along the roadside.
The crash was caused by driver negligence and excessive speed and he was taken from the scene for medical treatment.
“Due to a lack of care, the driver lost control of the bus, steering to the right, leaving the asphalt,” state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen said at a news conference. He said evidence found at the scene indicated the driver was going too fast.
As the case unfolds, it will be featured on Cruise Bruise Investigates.
The list of those killed during the accident and who will be added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website are:
- Daniel Behar, 11, Lorton, Virginia – Celebrity Equinox
- Carolina Bengtsson, 17, Svealand, Sweden – Celebrity Equinox
- Stephanie Horwood, 42 – Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
- Anna Behar, 46, Lorton, Virginia – Celebrity Equinox
- Andrew Fritz, 51, Olympia, Washington – Celebrity Equinox
- Jody Fritz, 51, Olympia, Washington – Celebrity Equinox
- Ulrica Hammarsten Bengtsson, 51, Svealand, Sweden – Celebrity Equinox
- Laura Herrmann Couallier, 52, Apopka, Florida – Celebrity Equinox
- Christopher H Couallier, 55, Apopka, Florida – Celebrity Equinox
- Robert Bever,68, Athens, Tennessee
- Fanya Shamis, 78, Coconut Creek, Florida – Celebrity Equinox
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