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Old 01-09-2007, 07:58 AM   #1
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Cry Death of Elmer Symons

I've just read on the Dakar website that Elmer Symons died today during the fourth stage of the rally. He was 29 and from South Africa. His brother, Kingsley was providing race support for him in his first attempt at the rally.

My condolences go to his family and his many friends.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:02 AM   #2
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It's always tragic but never unexpected for the Dakar rally. IMO the pace is too fast and the mix of bikes, cars, trucks and buggies is a recipe for disaster. RIP
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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Elmer Symons RIP

Just saw this.....

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OUARZAZATE, Morocco - Motorcyclist Elmer Symons died Tuesday in a crash at the Dakar Rally, race organizers said.


The 29-year-old South African was killed on the fourth stage from Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate in Morocco.

Organizers said Symons crashed about 88 miles into the stage. A medical team rushed to his aid by helicopter, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No further details were immediately given.

Symons, who was competing in his first Dakar Rally after serving as an assistant in previous races, had been in 18th place overnight.

Deaths have long marred the African desert race.

Last year, 41-year-old Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott died after injuring his neck on the longest stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa in Mauritania.

Two children were also killed — in Guinea and Senegal — after being hit by vehicles passing through packed desert villages.

Two years ago, 2001 and 2002 champion Fabrizio Meoni of Italy and Juan Manuel Perez of Spain, both motorcyclists with KTM, were killed.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:35 AM   #4
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Heard it on the radio news here in South Africa this afternoon. What can one say? Respect and RIP.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:10 AM   #5
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RIP, Elmer...

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Old 01-09-2007, 10:24 AM   #6
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Godspeed Elmer, RIP. This is horrible news that I could have definitely done with out. From all accounts Elmer was a great person to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:07 AM   #7
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sad indeed a fellow countrymanRIP!
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:16 AM   #8
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Just had a co-worker tell me about this. Very sad news .
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:25 AM   #9
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Find myself sitting here staring blankly at the computer. Very sad news.
My condolences to his family.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:54 AM   #10
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Just saw this.....

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OUARZAZATE, Morocco - Motorcyclist Elmer Symons died Tuesday in a crash at the Dakar Rally, race organizers said.


The 29-year-old South African was killed on the fourth stage from Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate in Morocco.

Organizers said Symons crashed about 88 miles into the stage. A medical team rushed to his aid by helicopter, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No further details were immediately given.

Symons, who was competing in his first Dakar Rally after serving as an assistant in previous races, had been in 18th place overnight.

Deaths have long marred the African desert race.

Last year, 41-year-old Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott died after injuring his neck on the longest stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa in Mauritania.

Two children were also killed — in Guinea and Senegal — after being hit by vehicles passing through packed desert villages.

Two years ago, 2001 and 2002 champion Fabrizio Meoni of Italy and Juan Manuel Perez of Spain, both motorcyclists with KTM, were killed.
Very sad - best thoughts to family, friends and hope the rest of the riders finish safely.

I haven't followed the race closely, but is it a regular occurrence for kids/locals to be hit by the race vehicles?
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:07 PM   #11
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Couldn't believe it when the story came up on the AP. Godspeed to Elmer and condolences to his family and friends
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:14 PM   #12
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I haven't followed the race closely, but is it a regular occurrence for kids/locals to be hit by the race vehicles?
The race organization distributes picture flyers around all the villages before the race comes through. The flyers warn the people to stay back from the race course, and don't run across the course when vehicles are coming through. There have been a couple of times when locals were run over.
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:24 PM   #13
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The race organization distributes picture flyers around all the villages before the race comes through. The flyers warn the people to stay back from the race course, and don't run across the course when vehicles are coming through. There have been a couple of times when locals were run over.
Thanks for the info - I'm sure for villagers along the way, especially kids, it's a challenge to NOT go near the course when they hear/see all the action coming their way.
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:04 PM   #14
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Always happy, always smiling, incredibly talented. My memory of him.
Godspeed Elmer, RIP.
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:04 PM   #15
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Oh my god that is horrible news. I was fortunate to meet Elmer at the Nevada Rally Experience and even got to eat his dust. What a sad day it is. He will be missed.
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