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A spectator of the Baja 500 race was killed near Ensenada, BC, after an American driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve. The incident occurred just northeast of Ensenada on June 1. An 11 year old boy was also injured and taken to a local hospital. The driver, from San Jose, CA, was arrested while authorities further investigate the death of the 39 year old male victim.

The Baja 500 is part of a series of all terrain desert races which are held annually in Baja California. The races are considered the best in their class, drawing competitors from across the globe.

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Visduh June 2, 2013 @ 9:59 a.m.

So the cops arrest the driver. I thought that racing was all about pushing the envelope and TAKING RISKS. Part of the allure of racing is the possibility of losing control and being injured or even killed. As for spectators, the allure is the possibility of seeing others (usually the racers, not other spectators) crash, crack up, roll over, fly off the course, etc. Given the wide-open nature of that race, it's a wonder people don't die every year. Ah, well, it's fun until somebody gets hurt, and then that's seen as a very bad thing.


Javajoe25 June 4, 2013 @ 9:53 a.m.

I don't think that's it. I think this is just a case of the law Mexican-style: Guilty until proven innocent. Personally, I don't get it. Someone said it is based on "Napoleonic" law, but I haven't researched it.

As for the race, you are right in that accidents will happen. I don't get someone being arrested over it. Unfortunate, but I wouldn't say someone is "guilty" of breaking a law.


Visduh June 4, 2013 @ 9:49 p.m.

You are right about Mexican law, an oxymoron if there ever was one. Have a traffic accident? You and the other driver can/might/will be arrested and tossed into one of their wretched local jails for days or weeks or months until some judge (who you never see and who never sees you) decides who was at fault. At that point you might be released or not. That you are held in custody means nothing about your guilt or innocence, or so it is averred. But you're still in the can, waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen. But you see, in that country, when something bad happens, like here, the cops are expected to "do something" and they do. They arrest someone involved, regardless of any logic, and redeem themselves. Where were the cops as the race? Why was a spectator so close to the course? Why? Why? Why? Oh, the answer is "this is Mexico."


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