British father-to-be, 37, is killed in hit-and-run in Colombia
British father-to-be, 37, is killed in hit-and-run in Colombia during work trip in possible MURDER
- Justin Danton, 37, was struck by the car travelling at high speed on Monday
- The 37-year-old actor from Margate was taken to a hospital but died shortly after
- Partner Mary Cruz Avendaño is due to give birth to their son in November
- Justin’s parents set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for their grandchild
- Police have found the car involved and are set to question the driver
- The incident is being treated as a murder
A British man set to become a dad for the first time has been killed in a hit-and-run in Colombia.
Justin Danton, a 37-year-old actor from Margate, was crossing the road in Medellin when he was struck by the car travelling at high speed on Monday.
The driver sped off, leaving Justin lying in the street.
Passers-by rushed to his aid and he was taken to a nearby hospital with head injuries but doctors couldn’t save him.
He and his grieving partner Mary Cruz Avendaño had already chosen the name Ethan for their son, who is due to be born in November.
Colombian police are treating Justin’s death as a murder and are due to bring the suspect in for questioning.
Justin Danton, pictured with his partner Mary Cruz Avendañoa, was struck by the car travelling at high speed on Monday and suffered fatal head injuries
The couple had already chosen the name Ethan for their son, who is due to be born in November
Justin’s mother, Gemma, and father Lee, have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Justin’s unborn son
Justin had only moved to Colombia in May and was due to stay for 11 months for work having previously starred in a movie called The Legend of the Mad Axe Man.
Justin had previously appeared in short films called Beacon, Ready or Not and Resentment.
The police have found the car thought to be involved in Justin’s death and are set to question the suspect.
His mother Gemma, 56, and father Lee, 53, have set up a Go Fund Me to raise money for their unborn grandchild.
They have so far raised £4,400 of the target of nearly £6,000.
Mary Cruz thanked Gemma and said: ‘I have no words to thank you for what you are doing for us.’
Gemma said: ‘We are all with you my darling heart.
‘You are not alone. Help is on the way.’
In the fundraising post, they said: ‘Hello our names are Lee and Gemma.
‘We are the parents of Justin James Danton who tragically lost his life on August 9 in Medellin, Colombia.
‘He was killed by a hit and run driver currently under investigation by Medellin police as a homicide case.
‘He leaves behind his partner Mary Cruz Avendaño who is expecting their first child a little boy named Ethan who will be born in November.
‘This is suddenly an extremely financially vulnerable time for her and we would like to find a way to help her.
‘So in memory of our son Justin and his great love for his girl Mary Cruz and their son Ethan we would like to offer everyone and anyone who knew him the humble opportunity to open up our hearts and give to his child who he will not see.
‘But we will flood with our compassion. Large or small our love can conquer all.
‘Thank you very much and God bless you.
‘Rest in peace Justin our dear boy.’
The Go Fund Me page has so far raised £4,400 of the nearly £6,000 target
Justin had appeared in a number of films and was set to remain in Colombia for around 11 months for work
He and his grieving partner Mary Cruz Avendaño had already chosen the name Ethan for their son, who is due to be born in November (pictured: Mary Cruz)
Gemma then added: ‘We would like you to know that the investigators have finally found the car and the person that committed this awful crime.
‘Soon our son can be at peace and we can begin the healing journey.
‘The beautiful gift you have all given together is rapidly nearing its target and this week we can send the funds to Justin’s son Ethan and Ethan’s mama Mary Cruz who we love very much.
‘They are both doing well and the baby is very strong with ‘super powers’ according to his physicians.
‘The funds will go towards housing furniture day to day living costs all of the baby’s needs as the mother is ordered to rest and take time to look after her child that grows inside her.
‘Ethan is strong. This news makes my heart sing and I know it will make yours sing too. God bless you all from my family to yours you have made all the difference in the world.’
A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Colombia, and are in touch with the local authorities.’
Medellin is the capital of Colombia’s Antioquia province and is well-known as the home city of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Though the murder rate has declined in recent years, Medellin still bears witness to hundreds of murders per year.
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