Mexico crash inquest delayed

Cancun, Mexico

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It remains unclear whether a Mexican bus driver will face prosecution over the death of a St Annes pensioner in the holiday resort of Cancun.

June Howarth, of St Annes Road East, was on holiday with friends in Cancun, Mexico, in November 2013 when the tragedy happened.

We can’t rule out that there may be a prosecution for manslaughter against the driver

An inquest at Blackpool Coroner’s Court heard how Ms Howarth, 65, and the rest of her party were crossing a road at a pedestrian crossing.

A bus came around a corner at speed and was in collision with Ms Howarth. She died at the scene.

Adjourning the inquest for a further three months, the coroner said there would be further attempts to get information from the authorities in Mexico.

According to witnesses of the accident, there are suggestions that the bus driver – described as “travelling at speed” – may have ignored a traffic signal.

“We can’t rule out that there may be a prosecution for manslaughter against the driver,” the coroner said.

The court heard that Mrs Howarth was among a group of 10 people crossing a zebra crossing on a dual carriageway at 10pm after leaving a bar/restaurant in the Mexico resort.

Mrs Howarth was behind the rest of the group, alongside a male friend.

The court heard he just managed to avoid the bus but Mrs Howarth was hit.

The bus is said to have dragged Ms Howarth 26 metres, leaving her with fatal injuries.