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Driver ‘faces probe’ over woman’s death

Cancun, the scene of the tragedy in which St Anne's pensioner June Howarth died after she was hit by a bus.

Cancun, the scene of the tragedy in which St Anne's pensioner June Howarth died after she was hit by a bus.

A bus driver in Mexico could be prosecuted following the death of a St Annes pensioner.

June Howarth, of St Annes Road East, was on holiday with friends in Cancun, Mexico, on November 23 last year when the tragedy 
occurred.

A pre-inquest review at Blackpool Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that Ms Howarth, 65, and the rest of her party were crossing a road at a pedestrian crossing.

The court was told a bus came around a corner at speed and was in collision with Ms Howarth.

She died at the scene.

Assistant Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde, Chris Beverley, said he had now 
received a post-mortem 
report from Mexico, and 
was satisfied the cause of death identified was the right one.

But he added he had been advised the Mexican authorities were “contemplating prosecution of the driver of the bus”.

Mr Beverley said that if they decided to proceed with the prosecution an inquest would not be necessary because a full investigation of the incident would be held in Mexico.

If prosecution is not 
pursued a full inquest will be held in Blackpool at a date still to be decided.

Mr Beverley adjourned proceedings and a further pre-inquest hearing will be held in due course once the Mexican authorities make their 
decision.

Mexican press reports at the time said Ms Howarth had left the Plaza Flamingo and tried to cross Kukulcan Avenue to board a bus when the incident happened at around 10.50pm on November 23.

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

 

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