2012 Dakar Fatality
The opening of the 2012 Dakar Rally in Argentina was plagued by tragedy Sunday, New Year’s Day, when the Argentinean motorcycle pilot Jorge Martinez Boero died following a crash.
The fatal crash occurred following a fall along the Atlantic Coast, 34 miles in the timed section of Stage One, which ran from Mar Del Plata to Santa Rosa; the official Dakar Rally Press reports that the 38-year-old Boero, who pilots the No. 175 Beta RR 450, crashed at 11:19 a.m. local time.
Dakar Press says: “The rider suffered a cardiac arrest following his fall and was attended five minutes after the accident by the medical staff, who reached the place of the incident by helicopter. Despite their best efforts, the doctors were unable to resuscitate the pilot, who died while he was being taken to hospital.”
This was Boero’s second attempt at Dakar; in 2011, he withdrew at Stage 6 of the rally.
The 2012 Dakar Rally is the 33rd edition, and Boero was the 21st competitor to perish at the event, which is known as the toughest rally in the world.