Edwin Straver dies after his accident at the Dakar

MADRID, Jan. 24 (SportsFinding) –

The Dutch pilot Edwin Straver, who had been in a coma since last week due to an accident suffered during the Dakar Rally, has died due to the damage suffered in that accident, according to the local radio Omroep Brabant and which subsequently confirmed the organization of the raid .

The 48-year-old rider crashed while riding at 50 km / h during the penultimate stage of the Dakar, played on February 16 in Saudi Arabia, when he was in the thirty-eighth position in the third overall classification of his career.

As a result, the upper vertebra of the neck was broken and suffered brain damage that has finally proved too serious. Thus, last morning he died at the Dutch hospital where he had been admitted since last Wednesday.

This is the second fatality that claims the recent Dakar Rally after Paulo Gonçalves. The experienced Portuguese pilot, who was contesting his thirteenth Dakar, suffered a fall during the seventh stage that resulted in a cardiorespiratory arrest and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in the area where he died.

“The whole of the Dakar caravan presents its deepest condolences and its most sincere condolences to Edwin's family, friends and relatives,” said the Dakar organization after hearing the news.