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U.S. mother, son killed in car crash on way to Liberia airport in northern Costa Rica

Three people died, including two United States citizens, in a Monday morning crash between a minibus and another vehicle, Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) said.

The minibus was transporting a U.S. family of three to Liberia International Airport when it collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction.

OIJ identified the victims as: Allan Gerardo Pereira Leiva, 39, the Costa Rican minibus driver; Enisha Lashelle Roberson, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen; and Cannon Anthony Roberson, Enisha’s six-year-old son.

Enisha’s husband, Anthony, is in the hospital with serious injuries, according to OIJ.

The family hails from Texas and had been traveling to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia to return home from their Costa Rica vacation.

The driver of the other vehicle, surname Dávila, suffered minor injuries. He was given an alcohol test and is considered a suspect in provoking the accident, potentially by encroaching into the opposite lane, OIJ said.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Liberia will request precautionary measures against Dávila, the judicial entity announced Tuesday.

Monday’s accident marks the second deadly crash for U.S. citizens in recent months in Costa Rica. In October, three U.S. tourists and a Costa Rican died when the minibus in which they were traveling collided head-on with a truck, which was being driven by an alcohol-impaired Salvadoran in La Cruz, Guanacaste.

This story was last updated on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:45 a.m. 


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