QCOSTARICA – Five people were killed during the last hours of 2015 and first of 2016, in separate incidents.
According to reports by the OIJ and Cruz Roja (Red Cross), two were victims of a homicide, two died in a traffic accidents and one in an aquatic accident.
In addition, four were transferred to hospital in critical condition, among them victims of a gunshot, knife wounds, fireworks injury and traffic accidents.
In the afternoon of December 31, a young man (in his 20s) drowned after falling into the Talamanca river south of the port city of Limon.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man, identified by his last name Chavarria, was shot dead in the community of San Juan de Dios de Desamparados. The man was shot in the head.
In the early hours of January 1, a 25-year-old man, identified by his last name Muñoz, died after being stabbed with a knife. The incident occurred in Paraiso de Cartago.
At 12:02am January 1, the first fatality of a traffic accident occurred in Miramar de Puntarenas, in the area known as Cuatro Cruces. Although the accident occurred around 11:40pm, the 55-year-old man identified by his last name Cascante Cascante died in hospital two minutes after the stroke of midnight.
“The vehicle hit the rear end of a bus, not realizing it was stopped (at the intersection),” said Fuerza Publica (police) official, Alexander Rodriguez.
Hours later, in San Miguel de Naranjo, Alajuela, a Nicaraguan national identified by his last name Urbina died after being hit by a vehicle.
Of those in critical condition in hospital, suffering injuries in a traffic accident, are two six-year olds taken to the Hospital Nacional de Niños after being hit by a vehicle, in separate accidents in Puntarenas and Alajuela.
Finally, the Cruz Roja report transferring a 63-year-old man to hospital after a fireworks accident, suffering serious injuries to his face, in the area of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. The accident occurring on the last night of 2015.