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U.S. citizen dies in car crash in Costa Rica's southern zone

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Published on Monday, March 25, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


On Sunday, a male United States citizen identified as Breckimride (78) died in a car crash in San Isidro El General Canton, San Josť Province.

According to a Red Cross Accidents Monitor Department report, at 5 p.m. the rescue crew got a 911 call about a man who fell into a ravine while driving his car on a mountain route near the Auxiliadora community located over the south of the Inter-American Route.

Breckimride was unresponsive when paramedics arrived at the accident scene, which was at the bottom of a 50-meter-deep ravine. He was declared clinically dead at the scene.

Forensic doctors, from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), took the man's body to the Judicial Morgue Hospital located in Heredia.

As this is an ongoing investigation, the agents will maintain the confidentiality of all related information. Only relatives of the victim are authorized to request further details from the authorities.

According to the U.S. Embassy, in situations resulting in the death of a U.S. citizen the Consular Section can assist depending upon whether a deceased U.S. citizen was accompanied by family and whether he/she was a visitor to Costa Rica or was residing here.

"The Consular Section can provide information on funeral homes that will arrange for local burials or prepare remains for shipment to a designated location in the United States," said the embassy in its statement. "The Consular Section will also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, which serves as a death certificate in the United States for probate and other legal purposes."

The Embassy does not provide funds to pay for the funeral, repatriation, or burial expenses of Americans who die abroad.

Also, families of the deceased do not necessarily have to travel to Costa Rica to make decisions and arrangements regarding the disposition of remains. "U.S. Embassy representatives can act on behalf of the family in working with local authorities and service providers in many cases," they added.

Individuals interested in more information about U.S. Embassy support in Costa Rica should contact them by calling 506-2519-2590 or 506-2519-2093. For after-hours or weekend emergencies phone line is available at (506) 2519-2000.


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