August 2 UPDATE
The victims of the race crash that killed one Baja South Desert Off-Road Racer are resting now and prayers for their families and recovery
First of all , a huge thank you to all who have donated blood on behalf of Armando. Friends will be back in Mexico next week...he needs two more surgeries and needs MORE O negative BLOOD.
We just called Paulie's cell and Armando answered. That was a first, as usually we only talk to Paulie. He was alert and much more cohesive in conversation. He has another scheduled surgery, maybe tomorrow, to fix his leg and knee. And possibly one more after that. He has only positive comments about how the doctors are putting him back together. Alex is much better. He is at his grandmother's home in La Paz.
His sense of humor was good, and that is always an encouraging sign. He was joking, saying he wanted me to come be his nurse, and when he gets home there will be a "party".....but that will not be for a while.
We have forwarded all your get well messages to Paulie, and Armando has seen them all. He is grateful for all the good wishes and words of encouragement from all of you and asks me to send out a "thank you" to everyone.... he says he did not know he had that many friends! He got a little emotional, trying to express his gratitude to community and friends for all the support you have shown.""
July 31 UPDATE
URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD WENT OUT FOR THE SURVIVOR!
""Armando Molina is in serious condition!
He is admitted to the clinic at Fidepaz
La Paz, BCS-is in serious condition Armando Molina pilot who crashed his car at full speed, causing the death of another desert off-road racer! During the Rafo Haro 350, last Saturday near Ciudad Constitucion, where unfortunately the other racing vehicle mechanic-co-pilot, passenger seat Jose Santiago Soto, known affectionately as 'the diver'.
Armando Molina belongs to the team and has MOLINAS RACING contusions and fractures on all four limbs.
The pilot Armando Molina is hospitalized at the clinic Fidepaz, where you can go to make the donation of plasma.""
UPDATED! July 27, 2012
National Off-Road Authorities Call For Safety!
""Grand route national OFF ROAD without pain in memory of SANTIAGO "The DIVER" SOTO (diver caperuzo) call launches this call to all the commissions, clubs, promoters, teams, fans, volunteers and media to join the campaign called great national route OFF ROAD without pain, in memory of SANTIAGO "The DIVER" SOTO with the sole object of promoting the prevention and reduction of accidents during Off Road skills in the national territory Mexican.
The route will begin symbolically on 4 and 5 August 2012 during the competition event held 250 boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas of Cabo San Lucas at 7: 00 am with the official start signal.
That day, all attendees must wear ready Orange sign of prevention.
OBJECTIVES the campaign of prevention and reduction of accidents has as principle to promote and disseminate safety recommendations endorsed by Civil Protection Baja Califronia Sur to open or closed events are these sports, exhibition, fashion shows or any other type when the vehicle speed is the main factor.
GOALS, NATIONAL COMMISSION OF OFF ROAD WORK, RESPECT AND COMPLY FULLY WITH CONGRESS AGREEMENTS, STATUTES AND REGULATIONS OF COMPETITION.
THAT, CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS AND DEVELOPERS AFFILIATED TO CNO MEET AND ENFORCE SECURITY MEASURES AND COMPETITION AND OFFER THEIR TRACKS OFFICIAL ACCIDENT PREVENTION TRAINING COURSES PERIODICALLY.
THAT COMPETENCES OFFICERS ATTEND ACCIDENT PREVENTION TRAINING COURSES AND APPLY RIGOROUSLY DURING THE EVENTS OF COMEPETENCIA.
THAT AUXILIARY SUPPORT (VOLUNTEERS) ATTEND TRAINING SESSIONS, SUPPORT TO COMPETITORS, FANS AND THE PUBLIC DURING EVENTS TO SAFEGUARD ITS SECURITY.
THAT pilots (competitors) to join A Club of your choice, the ordinary and extraordinary sessions to attend.
COMPLY WITH SAFETY RULES RESPECT THE SPEED LIMITS IN TOURS RESPECT THE PATH MARKED MADE TOURS OF PRIOR RECOGNITION TO THE PREVIOUS PILOTS MEETINGS COMPETENCIES.
COMPETE WITH SPIRIT SPORTS WITH ADHERENCE TO THE RULES OF FAIR PLAY.
AVOID ROADBLOCKS THAT HEADS OF TEAMS MEET THE STANDARDS OF VEHICLE SAFETY, PILOTS, SUPPORT STAFF AND PIT AREAS AND AVOID TRAVEL ON ROUTES DURING THE COMPETITION.
THAT TEAM COMPLY WITH SAFETY STANDARDS, UNIFORM AND COMMUNICATION DURING EVENTS.
AVOID ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION.
THAT, FANS AND PUBLIC ATENDIENDAN THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OFFICIAL OPERATIONS (1), MUNICIPAL SECURITY (2), CIVIL PROTECTION (3), RED CROSS (4), FEDERAL POLICE OF ROADS (5), CIVIL PROTECTION (6) THAT ARE INVOLVED IN AN EVENT.
THIS CALL HAVE THOUSANDS OF RESPONSIBLE FOR "DIVERS" WE ARE ALL...JOIN THE INFORMATION IS WILL BE GOING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS, PORTAL WWW.BAJARACINGNEWS.COM AND WWW.GOOGLE.COM.MX PROGRAM OF THE EVENT THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS CARRIED OUT IN THE EVENT OF COMPETITION OUT 250 IN LÁZARO CÁRDENAS BOULEVARD OF CABO SAN LUCAS. I ASK THAT YOU TAKE YOUR ORANGE RIBBON AND WHITE CAMISTE (WITH RACING DECALS)) SATURDAY 4 18: 00 HRS WALK "DIVERS ARE ALL" 19: 00 HRS CHECKERED FLAG FAULTS NOT BOOT.
President of the CNO National Mexico""
La Paz, BCS July 24, 2012
""Through this, the Automobile Club Baja Cactus, race organizer "Rafa Coast Haro 350, Off Road Sudcaliforniano Legends" as a member of the Pilots Association and Clubs Off Road BCS, public knowledge that we continue in the waiting for the appropriate authority (which is an opinion that is responsible for the details of the accident) to issue a detailed part once you were able to take statements from everyone involved, a situation that at the moment is impossible because the injury is not still in health conditions to be declared in the meantime we can report that the accident in which teams were involved Molina Racing Class Racing Naughty 12 and Class 1, was raised about 3 km before reaching the Check Point # 1 of the race in a collision between two vehicles of competition, it should clarify and specify that the accident was NOT in the area where the change was made on the route. Although not yet have the official part, we have full knowledge of it by eyewitnesses and official check point that moved to the scene.
No more at present we have no more to add but to reiterate to the heart on his condolences to the family and friends of our friend James Stewart "The Diver" shocked and saddened by the incident. Similarly, all our support and consideration for the families of Armando Molina and Alejandro Rodriguez Diaz, wishing you a speedy recovery from his injuries and the aftermath of this terrible accident."" _________________________________
Pedro Velazquez Hernandez
Automobile Club Baja Cactus AC
Jose Santiago Soto Dies in Rafo Haro Memorial Desert Road Race in Southern Baja!
Baja South motor racing is mourning the tragic death of Jose Santiago Soto, co-pilot during the Southern Baja California Rafo Haro 350, a desert off-road race from Ciudad Constitucion to La Paz, raced last Saturday.
The victim was struck by another racer. The other racer was on the real race course and the class 1 tried to get back on the course. That was the actual cause of the collision. The collision occurred last Saturday.
In San Jose del Cabo, BCS-President Pilots Association and Off Road Clubs in the state, Carlos de Jesus Jimenez has revealed the causes of the unfortunate accident that killed the youngster Jose Santiago Soto "The Diver" during the development of competition Rafael Haro 350 on Saturday afternoon near Ciudad Constitution.
In an Exclusive interview with Baja Racing News, it was disclosed, Carlos de Jesus Jimenez, said that the occupants of the class 1 vehicle of "Naughty Racing" was on the wrong route, "and when they tried to get back on the race course, were incorporated due caution, being almost in front of the Class 12 RACING MOLINAS, who rammed the front and impacted the Class 1 on the right side, passenger side."
Baja Racing News reporter Fernando Castillo attending the funeral of Joseph Santiago Soto, which dozens of fellow desert off-road racers in a touching farewell to his final resting place in the municipal cemetery of San Jose del Cabo.
Also reported is that the drivers that were injured in the mishap Armando Molina and Alex Diaz, are still in serious condition. Alex with "severe blow to the skull and blows to the body."
According to numerous reports, Jose Santiago Soto was traveling as a passenger in a car in Class 1 when the poor visibility at high speed struck another vehicle from the reach within the same competition.
The driver of the race vehicle was 16 years old at the time of the collision. Baja Racing News is checking on race details of the crash. Poor visibility was widely reported during the event.
Almost immediately the victims were aided by fellow competitors, but they noticed the front passenger Jose Santiago Soto was in poor condition, so it was immediately transferred to the City General Hospital where his death occurred Constitution.
A report from the hospital in La Paz, says "it was a very bad accident between the class 1 and a class 12 car. The driver of class 12 car suffered broken arms and legs".
Jose Santiago Soto also a mechanic, served as a pilot and co-pilot, for the team "Travieso's Racing." Were also injured in the mishap Alejandro Diaz and Armando Molina.
One report explained the race this way, "the confusion of the racers, was the result of a change of (the race) route (at the) last minute" itself, which is not officially reported to competitors and not made the drivers meeting prior to the event, which is to highlight the lack of experience of the (race) organizers.
Before the event, the issue of security in the national championship was in 'local social networks' following that uniformed pilots of manned fire protection vehicles in national championship competitions. Today, a life is extinguished because of the incompetence of the leaders of this national (racing) commission.""
""Ciudad Constitucion, Baja California Sur. - One dead, three seriously injured from the tragic race called "Rafa Haro" Coastal 350, which was conducted to race from Constitution to La Paz, being in Ciudad Insurgentes, a gap and road, which was raised an unfortunate accident when two vehicles impacted in full competition with the results reported by municipal Public Safety reports, the vehicle being a class 1 brand Satir Thorpe 2009 model, white color, the owner is unknown but piloted at the time of the accident by Jaime Huerta Duran 16 years of age, residing at 398 Cedar Street, Colonia Chapultepec, in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
The second vehicle, a class 12, 2010 model, orange, owned by Armando Molina Manriquez 39 years of age, residing in Los Barriles, BCS, led by himself, being an accident, shock in competition, resulting from this accident allegedly a dead person, whose name was Joseph Santiago Soto, known as "The Diver" by approximate 24-year-old native of San Jose del Cabo, who continued his studies in mechanical engineering and served as co-pilot on the team and "Naughty Racing" , Alejandro Diaz Rodriguez 26 years old with contusions and severe head injury.
Jaime Huerta resulting Duran injured 16-year-old with contusions and broken bones, right humerus fracture, injuries that take longer than 15 days to heal but not life-threatening, Armando Molina Manriquez 39 years of age, fracture of left ulna, exposed right radius, left tibial plateau, right tibia and fibula, left ankle, injuries that take longer than 15 days to heal themselves and risk their lives according to medical diagnosis. This accident came plunging into mourning this exciting race to be held on the occasion of the celebrations of the Comondu Expo 2012.""
Authorities determine injuries and fault
Rafa Haro 350 2012 Race Report
2. Ramon Davila 1x 3:37:44
3. 100x Luis Diaz / Alejandro Diaz 4:11:24
1. 35 (1) x Avelino Montoya 3:54:42
2. 314x Jeff Quade 4:02:29
3. Ulysses Fisher 377X 4:47:24
1. Manlio Diaz the 1st 3:52:14
2. The 2nd Federico Aguilar 4:05:32
3. The 5th Sergio Tapia 4:13:59
1. 150th Juan Naranjo / Jose Luis Meza Velez / Arnold Castilian 4:10:48
2. 163rd Hazzael Cota / Armando Escareño / Enrique Bonillas 4:20:59
3. 130th Edwin Sanchez / Uriel Davalos / Salvador Pérezpliego 4:21:35
1. 200th Sergio Valverde / Luis Kinijara 4:26:05
2. 299th Peter Loya / Efrain Loya 4:30:19
3. 232nd 4:48:19 Jorge Gonzalez
1. Jorge Montes Geraldo 275X / Saul Ramon Osuna 5:18:35
2. Juan Carlos Morales 5:22:28 250x
3. 299x 6:22:30 Jesse Haynes
1. 823 10:24:06 6:07:06 4:17:00 Enemesio Lopez
2. 160 4:18:00 7:45:39 3:27:39 Victor Barreda
3. 145 Carlos Olmos
1. Victor Hugo 228 4:24:00 8:22:46 3:58:46 Ceseña
2. Pedro Velazquez 210 4:23:00 7:19:02 11:42:02
3. 230 Sandy Hall
1. 1287 4:25:00 8:09:08 3:44:08 Francisco Villagomez
2. 1277 4:27:00 8:33:50 4:06:50 Carlos Amador
3. Jesus Araiza 1269 / 4:28:00 8:36:13 4:08:13 Humberto Osuna
1. 800 4:30:00 8:17:55 3:47:55 Andrea Tomba
2. 824 10:44:03 6:13:03 4:31:00 Micky Monroy
3. Haro Rafael Valdez 4:32:00 847 11:38:50 7:06:50
1. 1666 4:42:30 8:44:59 4:02:29 Hiram Montaño
2. 1633 4:41:30 8:46:06 4:04:36 Adrian Diaz
3. Carlos Holmos 1645 / 4:42:00 9:14:21 4:32:21 Jaime Zaiza
1. Pedro Velasquez III 1705 4:45:00 9:38:59 4:53:59
2. Jaime Espinoza 1717 10:30:24 4:46:00 5:44:24
3. Cesar Romero 1767 11:47:03 4:46:30 7:00:33
1. 700E 4:34:00 8:40:35 4:06:35 Fernando Verdugo
2. 729 4:35:00 9:25:36 4:50:36 Roger Landin
3. Silvino 709 4:33:00 9:28:34 4:55:34 Ortega Espinoza
1. Javier Montoya 570 4:49:00 9:39:46 4:50:46
2. 569 4:50:00 9:53:52 5:03:52 Nikita Gutierrez
3. Armando Macias 569 10:11:22 4:50:30 5:20:52
1. Hugo Humberto Gomez 850 4:48:00 9:38:12 4:50:12
2. Eduardo Sanchez 616 4:52:30 5:31:33 10:24:03
3. Ruben Murillo 634
1. Juan Manuel Echavarria 756 10:13:15 4:56:00 5:17:15
2. 775 David Ramos / Juan Carlos Morales 10:20:27 4:54:30 5:25:57
3. Arturo Valencia 4:55:30 769 10:42:19 5:46:49
1. Jose Ricardo López Araiza 900 4:59:00 5:38:41 10:37:41
2. Ulises De La Pena 972 10:38:05 4:58:30 5:39:35
3. Juan Carlos Pinales 909 10:55:28 4:57:30 5:57:58
1. Fernando Larrañaga 1825 10:08:38 5:03:00 5:05:38
1. Francisco Romero 1407 11:54:03 4:51:00 7:03:03
1. Luis E Cataño 1180 10:49:50 5:00:30 5:49:20
2. Diego Robles 1101 10:55:01 5:00:00 5:55:01
3. Fco Jesus Chacon 1105 12:05:17 5:01:30 7:03:47
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Reporting by Ed Jimenez, Fernando Castillo and Edited by Gary Newsome
Baja Racing News EXCLUSIVE