court judge rejected that request,
and instead, ordering other types of
pre-trial measures such as:
submitting the passport to the
court, not leaving the country, and
not driving. / Liberia Noticias
December 5, 2019-
rejects pre-trial prison against
the suspect in a deadly vehicle
crash in Liberia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A judge in a court in Liberia,
Guanacaste, rejected Wednesday a
prosecutor's request to order three months
pre-trial measures against a man
suspected of causing a traffic
accident where two U.S. citizens and a
Costa Rican died.
According to the Public Ministry, the
Prosecutor's Office had requested
pre-trial pretrial detention against the
driver Dávila-Korea, as the main suspect
in causing the traffic accident.
However, a criminal court judge rejected
that request, and instead, ordering other
types of pre-trial measures such as:
submitting the passport to the court, not
leaving the country, and not driving.
The ministry confirmed that the
Prosecutor's Office requested a second
hearing with the judge to appeal that
Prosecutor said Tuesday that they would
requested the pre-trial precautionary
measures against the 20-year-old man.
According to prosecutors, Dávila was
traveling in a red pick-up in the opposite
direction as the tourist minibus carrying
the Roberson family.
Agents of the Judicial Investigation
Organization confirmed that Dávila
submitted to a breathalyzer test. The
level of alcohol detected was within the
parameters allowed by law, they said.
According to prosecutors, the suspect has
a driver's license classified as a rookie
or a beginner driver. According to the
traffic law, beginner drivers are those
with less than three years of having
obtained their first driver's license.
Under the law, a beginner driver will be
arrested when "the alcohol sensor test is
more than 0.25 milliliters of alcohol per
liter of blood. And when the values
recorded in the aforementioned device
range between 0.25 and up to 0.38
milliliters of alcohol per liter of blood,
an economic penalty of ¢330,000 is
applied." That's about $585.
The accident happened Monday. According to
the monitoring department of the Red Cross
in Liberia, workers there received an
emergency call about a vehicle crash on
the road near Daniel Oduber Quiros
International Airport in Guanacaste.
That was at approximately 4:30 a.m.
One of the two cars in the accident was a
tourist minibus in which a family from
Texas and others were traveling from a
hotel at the airport to take a flight to
the United States after having been on
vacation in Guanacaste.
When paramedics arrived at the accident
scene, three people had died. One was a
female 38-year-old U.S. citizen surnamed
Roberson, as well as her 6-year-old son.
Also dead was the tourist minibus driver,
a Costa Rican surnamed Pereira-Leiva. He
The paramedics attended another tourist
who was traveling in the minibus, a
54-year-old male U.S. citizen, also
surnamed Roberson. He is the husband of
the deceased woman and father of the
deceased child, the Red Cross said.
The paramedics took Roberson to the Enrique Baltodano
Briseño Hospital in Liberia.
The hospital's patient information
department reported Tuesday that Roberson
left the hospital that morning.
The investigation suggested that one of
the two vehicles invaded the opposite line
causing the accident.
The prosecutor's thesis is that Dávila's
vehicle invaded the lane caused the
The victims were traveling from La Cruz to
the airport, and Dávila was driving in the
What is the penalty in your country, the
drunk driver that causes the death of
other people in a traffic accident?
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