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Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle, Quentin Lavalée, a French national and member of the PH Spot team, has died as a result of the accident,” the Dakar organization reported in a statement.
“I was 20 years old. The passenger who was traveling with him, Maxime Frère, a Belgian national, was injured and was taken consciously to the National Guards Hospital in Jeddah where he is undergoing a full check-up. He has an abdominal and thoracic contusion,” the letter continued.
The Dakar’s saddest years are 1986, in which seven people died, including the ‘alma mater’ of the event Thierry Sabine, and 1988, when six died. In addition, in the three editions disputed in Saudi Arabia there have been deaths.
Two Spaniards are on the list of dead: Tomás Urpí, who followed some stages of the test in 1996, and the pilot José Manuel Pérez, ‘El Carni’, as a result of an accident in 2005.
– 1981: two technicians from the IVECO team (Franco Druetta and Andrea Carisitres), in Tamanrasset (Algeria).
– 1982: in an accident, the Dutch motorcyclist Bert Oosterhuis (Yamaha XT500).
– 1983: French motorcyclist Jean-Noel Pineau being run over, on the stage in Ouagadougou.
– 1986: Japanese motorcyclist Yasuo Kaneko in an accident on the section between Paris and Sete. On January 14, the most serious accident in the history of the event occurred when five people died when a helicopter crashed in Gourma (Niger), including the creator of the event, Thierry Sabine, as well as the French singer Daniel Balavoine, journalist Nathalie Odent, Swiss pilot Francois-Xavier Bagnoud and Luxembourg television technician Jean-Paul Le Fur. In addition, 48 hours after the end of the test, the Italian motorcyclist Giampaolo Marinoni, who had suffered a serious fall in Dakar, died.
– 1988: it is the second most tragic year in the test with the death of six people. Dutch navigator Kees Van Loevezij was killed when his DAF truck rolled over six times in Djado, Niger. Frenchman Patrick Canado crashing his Range Rover into a Mercedes. Days later, a 10-year-old girl was killed by a vehicle crossing a road in the Malian city of Kita. French motorcyclist Jean Claude Huger dies in a Parisian hospital after falling between the Malian towns of Tombouctou and Bamako. A Mauritanian woman and her daughter perish when hit by a press car between Mauritania and Senegal.
– 1990: Finnish reporter and former driver Kaj Salminen dies after colliding his car with a local vehicle in Mali.
– 1990-91: Frenchman Charles Cabannes, pilot of the Citroen assistance truck, dies as a result of shots received in an ambush in the Tuareg village of Kadaouane, a town controlled by the Malian army. – 1991-92: Frenchmen Laurent Le Bourgeois and Jean-Marie Sounillac, occupants of the Duc de Boulogne team’s assistance Range Rover, died when the vehicle overturned in Sabah (Libya). French pilot Gilles Lalay (Yamaha) dies after crashing into a medical assistance vehicle in the Congolese town of Pointe Noire.
– 1994: Belgian Michel Sansen dies after falling from his motorcycle on a sand track in Nouakchott (Mauritania). – 1996: Frenchman Laurent Gueguen, driver of a Mercedes truck, dies when an abandoned mine explodes between Foum el Hasan and Smarra (southern Morocco). In the Guinean city of Tarembali, a girl dies after being run over by the motorcycle of Frenchman Marcel Pilet. The Spaniard Tomás Urpí dies in Tarrasa as a result of the injuries sustained when his car rolled several times when he was on his way to his hotel near Rabat.
– 1997: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Leduc dies after falling from his KTM motorcycle, between the Senegalese town of Tambacunda and the Malian town of Kayes.
– 2005: Spanish motorcyclist José Manuel Pérez, ‘El Carni’, dies on January 10 minutes after being admitted to the Alicante hospital, where he had been transferred from Dakar after undergoing surgery for a serious fall on January 6 between Zquerat and Tichit. The Italian motorcycle rider Fabrizio Meoni, winner of the 2001 and 2002 editions, dies as a result of cardiac arrest while contesting the stage between Atar and Kiffa, in Mauritania. Two Belgian motorcyclists from the assistance team of the pilot René Delaby (KTM) die after being run over by a truck on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital.
– 2006: Australian rider Andy Caldecott (KTM) dies on the stage between Nouakchott and Kiffa (Mauritania). – 2007: South African motorcyclist Elmer Symonds, 29, died on the spot on January 9 when he crashed into the edge of a dry river, on the stage between Er Rachidia and Ouarzazate (Morocco). French driver Eric Aubijoux, 42, died on January 20 of cardiac arrest on the stretch between the Senegalese cities of Tambacunda and Dakar.
– 2009: French motorcyclist Pascal Terry, 49, was found dead on the night of Tuesday January 6 to Wednesday 7 in Jacobacci (Argentina), in the thirtieth edition of the Rally.
– 2012: Argentine motorcycle driver Jorge Andrés Martínez Boero, 38, dies in an accident at kilometer 55 of the first stage of the Dakar, between the Argentine towns of Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa.
– 2013: French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin (KTM) dies when his vehicle crashed into a Chilean police patrol car while he was contesting the seventh stage of the 2013 Dakar, between the Chilean city of Calama and the Argentine city of Salta.
– 2014: Belgian motorcycle driver Eric Palante (Honda) died in the fifth stage of the Dakar, which ran between Chilecito and Tucumán. The truck that was picking up the riders who had lagged behind from the previous day’s stage found Palante’s lifeless body at kilometer 143 of the special stage.
– 2015: Polish motorcycle driver Michal Hernik, 39, dies during the third stage of the Dakar, between San Juan and Chilecito, at kilometer 206 of the Cuesta del Miranda, in the province of La Rioja.
– 2020: The Portuguese driver Paulo Gonçalves dies during the seventh stage after suffering an accident at kilometer 263 of the stage between Riyadh and Wadi Al Dawasir. Days after the end of the competition, the Dutch motorcycle rider Edwin Straver died in his country as a result of injuries sustained on the penultimate day of the race, held on January 16, in which a vertebra was broken.
– 2021: French motorcycle rider Pierre Cherpin dies five days after suffering a head injury during the seventh stage. He died while being transferred by medical plane from Jeddah to Lille (France).
– January 14, 2022: Frenchman Quentin Lavalée, chief mechanic of car number 726 of the PH Spot team, dies after a traffic accident on a link in the last stage, between Bisha and Jeddah.