The van after yesterday's accident that killed a campaign worker. The van after yesterday's accident that killed a campaign worker.

Candidate injured in Baja highway accident

One person dead in crash that injured indigenous candidate Marichuy

Indigenous presidential candidate María de Jesús Patricio was among eight people injured in a motor vehicle accident yesterday that left one person dead.


Patricio, commonly known as Marichuy, was traveling with 10 campaign workers in a van on the transpeninsular highway in Mulegé, Baja California Sur, when it left the road and overturned.

The candidate suffered a fractured arm and a head injury and was flown to a hospital in La Paz for treatment.

Eloísa Vega, a state representative on the council that is coordinating Patricio’s campaign, was killed in the crash, which occurred between San Ignacio and Vizcaíno.

Patricio had met earlier in the day with professors and students at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur and was en route to Baja California.

With just four days to go until the deadline for independent candidates to collect the requisite number of signatures from supporters, Patricio is not likely to get her name on the ballot. As of Tuesday she had collected just 241,000 of the 866,000 she needs.

But yesterday she told her audience at the university that the indigenous community would win regardless because her campaign had met its objective to raise awareness of the problems facing Mexico’s indigenous people.

An outpouring of support via Twitter yesterday evening followed Patricio’s accident. President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by several presidential candidates in wishing her well.

Source: El Universal (sp), El País (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Before the Spanish, the area which today is called Mexico, had one of the largest indigenous community in the Americans. As more Caucasians immigrated to the Americas, some interbreed others not, created a new type of community among the indigenous communities. Because of the advanced culture of these Caucasians, their cultures replaced those of the indigenous communities and pushed many indigenous communities holocaustically to their ends. Today’s American indigenous communities spread from north to the south poles and are very alive but struggling, some more than others. But to be a indigenous community in Mexico, well you’re just screwed.

    • Mike S

      “Because of the advanced culture of these Caucasians, their cultures replaced those of the indigenous communities and pushed many indigenous communities holocaustically to their ends.”

      That scenario depends on whose writing the history.

      Scientists are now discovering that a lot more indigenous people died from disease after the first Europeans arrived in the Americas than previously thought. In many ways the civilizations of Mexico & Central America were far more advanced than those of the European barbarians. Now some scientists are saying as many as 80% may have perished from diseases that they had no immunity. Imagine if 80% of US population suddenly died but Chinese people were immune- What do you think the US would be like after a generation?.

      • DreadFool

        scientists just discovered fish inside a tortilla

      • Dave Warren

        Careful Mike …he may threaten to block you …you’ll never be able to read his posts again. It will be a terrible price to pay!!!!

      • WestCoastHwy

        A better place?

    • David Nichols

      “Holocaustically”, as used to describe the decline and the diaspora of indigenous cultures in the Americas is so hyperbolic as to devalue the actual truths in your comment…
      I cannot agree that the European culture at that time was more advanced than say, the Mayan culture.
      Different, surely… More advanced, by what measure, their desire for hegemony..?

      • Garry Montgomery

        Well said . . .

  • kallen

    My wife, a Mexicana, and I have this game we play when we’re on the roads in Mexico; We try to guess which cars are Mexican and which are Gringo. There are always clues but some are more reliable than others; tires are one such clue. If they’re bald or if the tread is worn you can be almost sure its Mexican. Most of my Mexican in-laws say this extends to the upper reaches of Mexican society, that even doctors and lawyers will have terribly worn tires on their Mercedes and BMWs. When I traveled through Africa I came across the same thinking: there is a perception that if the tire is still holding air, it is still good. The same goes for shocks, brakes and other items. In light of the tragic accident, one can marvel at how small, cultural idiosyncrasies can change the course of history.

    • Garry Montgomery

      Are you suggesting that the vehicle had bald tire, bad shocks and shouldn’t have been on the road? And gringos don’t drive cars in need of service? Hmmm

      • kallen

        It was not a ‘us vs them’ statement – interesting you took it that way.

    • Russell Hill

      This issue combined with lack of sleep makes it very dangerous when on the road in Mexico. The tire people in my town love it when I come in to buy new tires because my old ones still have tread$$$. They are usually sold in a few days.

      • kallen

        I think we may live in the same town!

    • Mike S

      I agree Mexicans are not big on spending money on preventive maintenance on vehicles. My experience has been that is not necessarily true of wealthier Mexicans. I have driven the Ensenada to La Paz highway many times in my life and even entered the Baja 1000 once with a dirt bike before the paved highway was built. I have a friend who got in a bad accident on that road 12 years ago. Like many highways in Mx there is no shoulder- usually just a drainage ditch with a 3 to 6 foot vertical bank. The slightest driving error and you are off the road and usually upside down…very dangerous.

      • kallen

        Nice to hear from you again Mike S. I as well have done the Baja Mil on a dirt bike, 3 times as a matter of fact – never on the podium though :-(. You are correct about the roads – spot on – plus every young Mexican male thinks he’s a trophy truck driver. I never drive at night and I make sure my tires are load rated and 100% because it’s often the difference between purchase and going off road (unintentionally).

        • Mike S

          Back in the late 60s I was proud owner of a Piper Commanche and used to frequent all the Baja villages from Sn Felipe-Ensenada to the Cabo East Cape and everywhere in between for fishing & snorkeling before the highway was built. It was a safe primitive Baja of very friendly people and guns and cartels were non-existent. In 1968 myself and 2 friends purchased 3 Kawasaki “Big Horn” dirt bikes and drove the 900 miles off-road to LaPaz. It was an unforgettable adventure that took 10 days; not one person on the Bahia de Concepcion! We took the ferry over to Mazatlan and shipped ourselves the totally destroyed bikes to Nogales via train and junked the bikes there. That was the first of many dirt bike adventures in Baja . 9,000 people a year used to travel that route before the highway was built; 2 years after it was finished- over 1.5 million people traveled it and my personal paradise was never the same although Baja is still magical for me and I fly commercial over to La Paz from GDL occasionally. No question the Baja highway is a dangerously constructed road with no shoulder and takes full concentration and should never be driven at night.

          • kallen

            That’s an amazing bit of history and I’d like to hear more if you’re ever in Los Barriles. Look me up. I live up on the hill above Buenas Aires. I’ll be there in a week or two. I have a couple Big Wheel Yamahas – ask around – you’ll find me.

            Sadly, your story repeats itself the world over. What was is no longer and we’re to blame. The thing is we’re running out of time to set things straight.

          • Mike S

            Kallen, thank you for the invite to meet.. Some good friends of mine just finished their 2nd home on a private lot that is part of Ranch Leonero after 8 years of trials and tribulations. It will soon be their primary home 9 months of the year. They have been begging me to come over but our schedules haven’t lined up yet. From the photos, the final product was worth the effort. I pass though Los Barriles when I take the shuttle from Cabo airport to LaPaz but haven’t really checked it out since the 80s. I used to fly into Rancho Buena Vista and Palmas de Cortez and Punta Pescadero for fishing back in the day; it was very inexpensive then. Everything has totally changed since then I’m sure. Got married at Hotel Pamilla back in late 80s right before it morphed into a super luxury hotel. Love the East Cape. La Ventana is the next undeveloped hot spot.. I’m 70 and too old to be starting any new projects. How much time do you spend in Los Barriles?

          • kallen

            I spend about 3-6 months a year there. LB is changing as well….and at a rapid clip I might add and getting way too crowded. I may have to move again…I love Africa but talking the wife into that is going to be work.