Prosecutors: Driver was negligent in Mexico tour bus crash

Posted at 10:09 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 13:09:54-05

(KGTV) - The driver behind the wheel when a tour bus crashed in Quintana Roo, Mexico, killing 12 people, could face criminal charges.

Citing prosecutor Miguel Ángel Pech Cen, CNN reported preliminary evidence suggested the bus may have been speeding before it crashed on Tuesday. The driver is currently hospitalized but could face criminal charges upon release.

Eight Americans, two Swedes, a Canadian, and a Mexican citizen were killed when the bus carrying 31 passengers overturned en route to visit Mayan ruins. Among the dead was an 11-year-old boy.

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Five of the Americans have been identified as Andy and Jody Fritz of Olympia, Wash.; Anna Behar, of Lorton, Va., her 11-year-old son, Daniel, and her mother, Fanya Shamis of Florida, according to CNN.

At least 18 others were injured in the crash. Passengers hailed from around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, Italy, Brazil, and Sweden.

The State of Quintana Roo issued a statement following the crash:

"The Government of the State of Quintana Roo is taking all the necessary measures for the care of the victims and their families, as well as establishing the appropriate measures to clarify the facts. For its part, the State Secretariat of Tourism has been in permanent contact with the Consular offices to help in communication with the families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the United States, Sweden and Brazil."

Royal Caribbean officials confirmed 27 of the bus riders were passengers from two Royal Caribbean cruise ships -- the Serenade of the Seas and the Celebrity Equinox.

The Celebrity Equinox left Port Miami on Saturday while the Serenade of the Seas left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday, CNN reported. The ships arrived in Mexico on Tuesday.