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FGE releases suspect in fatal hospital elevator accident

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Acting Head of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) Raciel López Salazar, says their investigation remains ongoing into the death of an IMSS patient.

He says the person responsible in the death of a girl at the General Hospital of Zone No. 18 of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) of Playa del Carmen Carmen will be found.

His comments were made on the same day Victor “F” was released from legal custody. The orderly was with the girl in the elevator at the time of the accident. He was under police custody in hospital, being treated for injuries sustained during the incident.

He was released after the investigation resulted in no criminal liability on his part.

On Wednesday, López Salazar toured the hospital accident site. The Interim Prosecutor said that to determine the cause of the accident, those responsible for supervising the operation of the hospital elevators and the surrogate company in charge of elevator maintenance are being investigated.

FGE releases suspect in fatal hospital elevator accident
Raciel López Salazar, seen here center, tours the hospital the day after the accident. Photo: FGE July 12, 2023.

“We are carrying out the corresponding investigations, adhering to the established protocols at all times, respecting the rights of the personnel who work in this IMSS hospital.

“We will reach the final conclusion and the law will be applied to the person(s) responsible for this tragic accident,” he reported Wednesday.

During an investigation round at the scene, López Salazar conducted interviews with hospital staff as well as the collection of testimonies and analysis of evidence such as photographic material and video recordings, logs and contracts, among others, in order to clarify facts.

On Wednesday afternoon, IMSS General Director Zoe Robledo confirmed the poor quality of the elevators saying that in 2016, the IMSS paid millions for elevators that continually fail.

The General Director of the IMSS released a statement. Photo: Zoe Robledo, IMSS July 12, 2023.

Robledo said that in 2023, a company was contracted through a public tender for the maintenance of the four elevators of the No. 18 General Hospital in Playa del Carmen, a contract that is valid until December 31 of this year.

He also said that the IMSS investigation will be transparent and expeditious “to find out the causes of the event, determine responsibilities.”

The six-year-old girl, Aitana “N”, was buried Wednesday in her home town of Tinum, Yucatan.