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BMW driver dies in blazing car

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The Driver of a BMW  reported to be speeding died in his burning car after it hit the concrete ‘Jersey’ wall that divides the road between the Albrook terminal and the North Corridor and burst into flames.

The accident happened at 2 am, on Sunday, April 22 and when firemen arrived the driver was already dead.

An autopsy will determine if he was under the influence of some substance.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/bmw-driver-dies-in-blazing-car

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Sunday bus crash injures 10

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AT LEAST 10  people were injured in Howard, four seriously when a coaster bus bus overturned in heavy rain and plunged into a ravine on Sunday, April 29, on the road to the Bridge of the Americas a few meters from om the entrance to Panama Pacifico.

The bus was heading for the Bridge of the Americas, on its way to Panama City.

The driver was among the injured transferred to hospital by ambulances of the Institutional Protection Service (SPI) and the National Aeronaval Service (Senan).

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/sunday-bus-crash-injures-10

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Veraguas Bloody Friday, 5 dead 

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Police in Veraguas province are investigating four traffic accidents that led to the deaths of five people on Friday night, April 27.

Two pedestrians were killed in separate incidents while attempting to cross the inter-American highway, one in La Peña and another in Los Ruices in Las Palmas

In the district of Calobre, two people died in a rollover, with the driver apparently under the influence of alcohol.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/5-dead-veraguas-bloody-friday

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A bus carrying fans from the baseball game back to Bocas del Toro lost it's brakes on a dangerous curve near Cabello de Angel on the highway over the cordillera.

The driver managed to maneuver it into the side of a hill. Yikes.

 

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2 dead, 5 injured in head-on crashes

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Panama’s Public Ministry (MP)    has opened an investigation into a  traffic accident on the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday night, May  5 in which a 28-year-old woman died and two people were injured including a small child.

The senior prosecutor, Rafael Baloyes, in charge of the investigations, has asked witnesses to the accident to contact the Homicide Section of the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office at 507-2966.

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Death closes Bridge of Americas

The young woman and the child were traveling in a sedan vehicle when a 4×4 heading for the city crossed into their lane leading to a head-on collision, according to preliminary versions. The driver of the 4×4 vehicle was also injured and taken to Hospital Santo Tomas.

The child is stable in Hospital del Nino says the Public Ministry.

A  similar accident in Colón.  on  Friday night led to the death of  one person  and injuries to three  including  an 11-months-old infant

A pickup heading into the city crossed into the opposite lane in  Gatuncillo Norte, Buena Vista.

and hit a taxi. The taxi driver died on the spot and Fire Department rescue teams had to pry the driver a man, 45, and, a woman 42, from the wreckage of the pickup.

Both incidents led to long traffic delays, with drivers heading for the Bridge of the  Americas diverted to Centennial Bridge.

The two deaths brought the year’s highway toll past 120. With over 400 injuries and over  125 reported traffic accidents daily.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/two-dead-5-injured-in-head-on-crashes

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Arrest warrant for drunk driving suspect in Bridge death

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The driver of the Prado that killed a 28-year-old mother and severely injured her four-year-daughter following a head-on collision on the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday, May 5  is under police watch in a private hospital.

An arrest warrant was issued following impaired driving tests.  The Public Ministry reported that the order was made by the Homicide Section of the Metropolitan Area, under prosecutor Rafael Baloyes, who has appealed for any witnesses to call his office.

The man, suspected of impaired driving was heading into town on Saturday evening when he veered into the oncoming lane, hitting a sedan whose driver died on the spot. Her daughter is in Hospital del Nino.

Civil organizations linked to road safety are calling for tougher penalties for impaired drivers and for the next government to create a comprehensive strategy to reduce Panama’s road carnage.

Over  440 people died on the country’s highways last year, and hundreds more were hospitalized, with inattention (use of cell phones ) and alcohol leading causes.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/drunk-driver-suspect-in-bridge-death-waiting-arrest

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No brakes pirate bus in multi-car pile-up

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A PIRATE  bus on the San Vincente route,   reportedly with failed brakes sent a car into a ditch and involved six other vehicles in the incident in Las Lomas de Las Lajas, in Las Cumbres on Monday morning,  May, 7. National and ATTT  police arrived to investigate and handle the major ensuing traffic jam.
 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/no-brakes-pirate-bus-in-multi-car-pile-up

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Bridge death driver detained in hospital

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The driver of the vehicle involved in a  weekend head-on collision on the Bridge of the Americas that killed a 28-year-old- woman and  seriously injured her four-year-old daughter has been ordered held in preventive detention, but he will not be behind bars as he was returned to the private hospital where he has been  under police guard since the night of the collision,

Judge of guarantees of the Third Judicial Circuit in  La Chorrera, ordered the provisional arrest of Alex Gómez Sousa-Lennox, driver of the truck that killed  Ana Karen Pérez,  on Saturday night, May 5. He was reported to be impaired at the time. He appeared in court in a wheelchair and was wearing a neck brace

The decision was made on Wednesday, May  9, May in a guarantee hearing held in Panama West.

He is facing charges of culpable homicide and an appeal hearing of the precautionary measure will be held on Monday, May 14.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/bridge-death-driver-detained-in-hospital

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5 injured in triple Tocumen collision

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FIVE  PEOPLE  were injured, including a small child were injured when a taxi turned the wrong way into oncoming traffic and collided with a sedan sending it into  a busito (mini panel bus) in La Morelos, Tocumen on Friday afternoon, May 11.

The injured were treated by paramedics from Sume 911 and a five-year-old child was taken to the Irma Lourdes Hospital in Tzanetatos.

Two lanes of traffic were closed causing a major traffic jam.

Units of the Fire Department and  Transit police arrived to speed up the traffic.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/5-injured-in-triple-tocumen-collision

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Bridge death driver in previous drunk driving accident

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The man involved in the death of a woman on the Bridge of the Americas, while impaired, will remain in preventive detention after it was revealed to The Panama West Court of Appeals that he had been involved in another drunk driving incident in March that injured four people.

Alex Gómez Sousa-Lennox, appeared at the hearing in La Chorrera, after the judge of Guarantees, Carlos Fajardo, ordered his provisional arrest for six months, while investigators determined if there were procedural risks such as flight risk, destruction of evidence and danger for the community.

It was shown that the bridge incident, which resulted in the death of Ana Karen Pérez, 28,  and sent her four-year-old orphaned daughter to the Hospital del Nino,  was the second case in which Alex Gómez Sousa-Lennox was involved. The court heard that he was involved in an accident in San Carlos on March 6, in which four people were injured and according to information in the file, He was also intoxicated.

His lawyers were against the precautionary measure imposed by the prosecution, but their arguments were not convincing enough for the Court of Appeals, which endorsed the measure of provisional detention, reports TVN.

Sousa-Lennox arrived in court in a wheelchair and wearing an orthopedic collar. Prosecutor Anabelis Jaén, said:  “We will sustain that the procedural risks still remain, for which the precautionary measure was imposed last Wednesday “.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/bridge-death-driver-in-previous-drunk-driving-accident

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Drunk killer driver moved from hospital to jail

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Arturo Gómez Sousa-Lennox,  the driver of the ATV  that collided head-on with the sedan driven by Ana Karen Pérez, 28, accompanied by her four-year-old daughter, on the Bridge of the Americas, on Saturday night, May 5, will be transferred to the La Chorrera public jail.

The Public Ministry (MP) reported that the order was, made, Tuesday, May 15, by the judge of guarantees, Xavier Alexis Flores, at the request of prosecutor Anabellys Jaén.

Gómez Sousa-Lennox, who was impaired at the time of the incident had been in a private hospital under police guard and has been charged with aggravated manslaughter. At an appeals hearing on Monday, it was revealed that he had injured four people in an accident in March while drunk. At the same hearing, his no-show lawyer was fined   $300  by the judge.

Ana Karen Pérez died the day of the accident, while the child was taken to the Children’s Hospital.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/accused-killer-driver-moved-from-hospital-to-jail

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Caution heading down to David this morning. There is a serious rollover near the bridge at the Rio Majagua.

I can see from the photo that at least one tire is a completely different size from the others which appear to be bald.

 

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Too drunk to drive and it's not even 9 in the morning.  Fortunately he did not hit any kids on their way to the school close by.

Alison

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Nine-year paramedic “hero” killed in crash

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A medical emergency supervisor who spent nine years with the Unified Emergency Management System (Sume 911)., pulling bodies and injured people from mangled vehicles became Panama’s  143rd  traffic fatality of the year on Friday, June 1.

Luis “Villa” Antonio Guerra  47, was driving his taxi  on the way to his home to pick up the  family for  a trip to his Chiriqui when he was killed at 8.15 a.m.  on the road leading  to the Port of Vacamonte, Arraiján, in  the province of Panama West near  a newly activated Sume 911 unit.

Witnesses said he slowed down because the road was in poor condition when he was hit from behind by an articulated truck, lost control of the steering wheel and collided head-on with a dump truck. The engine of the taxi was torn out and   Guerra, like so many he had attended to as a paramedic, was trapped in  the wreckage,

His rescue colleagues were at the scene in minutes but the operations supervisor (and instructor)  was already dead.

Members of the Fire Department freed his body.

Gil Fábrega, Executive Director of Sume 911, went to the accident site  and praised Guerra as ” a life-saving hero, with a gift for communicating with and  helping people whose lives were in danger in the midst of a tragedy”

Officials of the National Traffic Operations Directorate (DNOT) and officials of the Public Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the two trucks involved in the incident which led to an hours-long traffic jam.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/9-year-paramedic-hero-killed-in-triple-crash

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Heavy trucks following too close and going too fast. 

This is very sad, for this man, his family and his emergency rescue associates that responded.

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3 dead, 4 injured in Saturday crashes

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THREE people died and four were injured on Saturday, June 2  in a series of unrelated traffic incidents.

The first, around 6:00 in the morning, on Via Centenario in front of the Centennial Plaza involved a sedan and a truck. One of the vehicles crossed the meridian into the wrong lane. A 23-year-old died on the spot and three people were injured, two seriously and taken to hospital. One of the drivers was intoxicated according to police.

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Los Santos fatality

A  73-year-woman  died when a car driven by her husband hit a fire hydrant and crashed in Los Olivos, in Los Santos, bringing transit deaths in the province this year to eight. The husband was hospitalized.

In the district of Changuinola, Bocas del Toro,  A 57-year-old woman, was run over and killed after getting off a bus in the community of El Silencio.

A total of 146 people have been killed on Panama highways so far this year.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/3-dead-4-injured-in-saturday-crashes

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Panama highway carnage continues with 147 deaths

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Panama’s daily highway carnage continues with  147 fatal victims of traffic accidents nationwide by June 2, alongside thousands of injuries from the over 120 accidents each day according to figures from the National Traffic Operations Directorate (DNOT).

Last year there were 440 deaths largely due to driver abuses like distraction (cell phone use), intoxication and speeding or a toxic combination of all three with 163 dead in crashes 117  in collisions and 33 killed in hit- and -run incidents.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/highway-carnage-continues-with-120-accidents-daily

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Yesterday on the way down to David there was an accident in the vicinity of the Chiriqui Storage/Flea market area.  It was on the west side of the road.  Vehicles were a  government truck and a white car.  They  were both over the ditch  on the right side of the road well into the field.    The car was so far into the field it was difficult to believe  that after impact, a vehicle could travel that far.    I'd say it was over 100 ft  and spun around facing the opposite direction and on the other side of a cow pasture.   Speed.  One more government vehicle out of commission. 

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Traffic paralyzed on Americas Bridge

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An overturned truck on the Bridge of the Americas paralyzed traffic in both directions and forced its closure on Saturday morning, June 9.

A crane was called in to move the containers while transit personnel diverted frustrated drivers to Centennial Bridge.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/traffic-paralyzed-on-americas-bridge

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Light justice for drunk truck driver in paramedic death

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The sister of a paramedic who was killed by a drunk driver behind the wheel of a truck on June 1  is protesting the light precautionary measures  applied to the driver while the victim’s children are receiving psychological counseling on Father’s  Day

“We do not understand how our brother’s case, where a drunk  person driving a heavy equipment (truck), with an inadequate license, could not be given  a stronger precautionary measure,” said Noris Villarreal  who traveled from Chiriqui to Panama on the eve of Fathers day air her concerns on TV.

Luis Antonio Villarreal, 911 Emergency Technician of 911 died in a traffic accident on the road to the port of Vacamonte, in West Panama, when he was heading home to take  his family to travel to Chiriqui, his homeland.

The paramedic was driving a taxi when a truck hit him from behind and killed him. The driver of the truck , according to Transit Police, was drunk.

“This person is in his house and he only has to go to sign periodically, he was forbidden to leave the province and his license was withdrawn. That does not mean he’s not going to take a car, go for drinks and kill someone, “she said.

She  complained that why in the case of the woman who died on May 5 in a collision on  the Bridge of the Americas in which the  daughter was injured a drunk driver was also involved, he was given a much stronger  precautionary measure (detention)

With the measure,  against the man who killed her brother she said , a bad message is being sent: “The message is that I can drink, I get in a car, I get drunk, I hit and kill someone and and I go home.”

She said that the laws should be toughened so that people are afraid to drive while intoxicated.

She  added that Luis  the father of two saved many lives. His children and family are receiving psychological counselling.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/light-justice-for-drunk-truck-driver-in-paramedic-death

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No seatbelts – two dead one critical

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TWO men without seatbelts were killed in Chiriqui when the driver lost control and the speeding car crashed into a ditch in the early hours of Wednesday, June 20.

A Colombian  Yahani Fabián Aristizabal Restrepo, 25, and Panamanian Andrés Beitia Rodríguez, 30, died on the spot.

Álvaro Salinas, 25,  the third occupant of the vehicle, is in critical condition at the David Regional Hospital.

The accident at 3.30 a.m.,   was in front of the offices of the San Lorenzo Municipal Ombudsman, on the Pan-American highway.

Over 150 people have died in Panama highway accidents so far this year.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/no-seatbelts-two-dead-one-critical

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17-year-old  killed on way to school

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A 17-year old student in school uniform was hit by a van. in Calobre, Veraguas on Thursday,  June 21 was hit, by a van at around six in the morning and became the 17th person to die on a Veraguas highway this year. Nationally over 150 have been killed.

Byron José Santizo, who lived in the community of Cerro Largo in San Francisco, was heading to school and died at the scene.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/17-year-old-killed-on-way-to-school

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One dead seven injured in busito accidents

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Daniel Arquímedes Jiménez Ramos, 22, the driver of a minibus was killed when he drove into a hydrant on his way to work on the Olá-Penonomé route, early on Wednesday, June 27.

The accident happened on the Inter-American highway near the community of El Caño, district of Natá, province of Coclé. His death brings the total of highway fatalities in Cocle  Province this year to 22.

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7 passengers injured

Seven people were injured and taken to hospital when a 4×4 made an illegal turn in Tocumen and slammed into a busito knocking it onto its side at 7.30 am. on Tuesday in San Antonio Tocumen.

Three ambulances took the injured to the emergency room of the Irma Lourdes de Tzanetatos hospital in Tocumen.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/one-dead-seven-injured-in-busito-crashes

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