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Two Americans heading for departing cruise ship killed in Cozumel highway accident

Cozumel, Q.R. — Two American cruise ship tourists to Cozumel were killed Tuesday in a highway accident. The pair were traveling the island’s Southern Coastal Highway on a rented motorcycle when they crashed.

Both passengers and the motorcycle ended up in thick roadside vegetation and went unnoticed for several hours. It wasn’t until Tuesday night that a passing motorist saw the crashed motorcycle. Upon inspecting the site, they saw what appeared to be a body.

Police responding to the report of a possible crash site arrived to find the motorcycle nearly two meters off the road along with the two American passengers laying face down. Island paramedics pronounced 62-year-old Diane “B” and 72-year-old Robert “B”, both from Norfolk, Virginia, dead at the scene.

Their bodies were finally found by a passing motorist who reported seeing a motorcycle and body. Photo: January 23, 2024.

The couple are believed to have been on their way to return the rented motorcycle to catch their 5:00 p.m. cruise ship departure when the accident happened. It is not known exactly when the couple crashed on the highway or what time they were finally found.

Medical personnel remove the bodies from the thick highway brush at the scene of the crash. Photo: January 23, 2024.

In December, an American man also died during a cruise ship excursion on the island of Cozumel. American cruise ship passenger Terry “B” was killed when his ATV rolled during a guided group tour. The group was approximately one kilometer into their ride when the accident happened.