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Young U.S. tourist dies falling off Flamingo cliff

By Valeria Morales Espinoza of the A.M. Costa Rica staff


A 12-year-old U.S. tourist died Tuesday when her quadracycle failed to make a curve and she and the vehicle plunged down an 80-meter (about 260-foot) cliff, said police.

 The young victim was identified as Brooke Lauren Scalise, said the Policía de Turismo. The accident took place in Flamingo, Santa Cruz Guanacaste.

 The girl was on vacation in the country with eight more North Americans, police said. They rented the four-wheeled vehicles to take a tour guided by two Costa Ricans, which consisted in passing by a steep and wooded area near the beach, they said. Her inexperience with the vehicle caused her to accelerate to catch up with the group, and the vehicle was unable to navigate a curve, they said.

 She suffered several fractures all over her body and a blow to the head that caused her death, said Citer Cortés and Juan Carlos Solano of the tourist police.

"Yes…from a happy CR vacation to total the worst tragedy in life the loss of a child so horrid. Should never be a death that brings change and seems no one learns and here with the lack of enforcing laws even that are will be a challenge but hopefully this little girls death will bring about change. Ulrik please email and post on Facebook this letter and let us know where and when to sign and if cannot be thru e mail I will help you get signatures and sure several business will just let me know what I can do to stop. Thanks. Do you know who this family is and from where? We all must pray for them Peggy and work to prevent this again. Horrid."

Judy Sherrill

"This is unspeakable and maybe now we will get the attention of authorities to regulate this horrible industry. I am antiquated! My heart is broken for this family."

Jeanne Cordes

For those of you concerned please pass this on so we can get the government to act!

Posted by Ulrik Oldenburgat

Letter to Ministra De Transporte (Costa Rican Minister of Transportation)