Car accident kills Nicaraguan mayor

October 17, 2008

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The mayor of the northwestern Nicaraguan city of Posoltega has died in a traffic accident, the National Police and emergency officials said yesterday.
Carlos Alonso Tercero died Saturday night when the vehicle he was driving went off the road and into a ravine more than 15 meters deep, police in the town of Telica said.
Telica police investigator Marcos García told reporters that the mayor was driving west and, after crossing a bridge, he lost control of his vehicle.
The 54-year-old mayor was taken to León´s Oscar Danilo Rosales Training Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, García said.
Tercero, of the ruling National Sandinista Liberation Front (FSLN) party, became Posoltega´s mayor in January 2005.

He was driving from Telica to León, 90 kilometers northwest of Managua.
According to a fire department report on the crash, the mayor suffered severe head injuries.

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