Tragic result of Barona MX crash

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6/16/2019 3:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/16/2019 4:30 AM

There was a tragic crash involving a rider and spectator on June 9th at the Barona MX track Lakeside,CA. The rider lost control, crashing off of the track and into a spectator standing nearby. Both men were critically injured and were airlifted to Sharp Memorial San Diego where both underwent emergency surgeries. Rudy of ProPrept Motocross was the spectator and is improving while still hospitalized. Tragically, however, the rider was not as fortunate. The rider Rene Torres suffered chest, abdominal, and hip injuries. Rene passed away Thursday evening from kidney failure.

I was at the track but did not see the crash. Rene's son and my son are fast friends and ride together often. That is how I got to know Rene. We were both fortunate to be able to share this sport with our boys until this tragedy. I've ridden with Rene on many occasions. He was a cautious rider. One of the few guys on the track I could pass...for a lap or two. Then when I was busy trying to catch my breath trackside, Rene would click off another 10 laps.

Neither of us carried the track speed to clear the Finish Line jump at Barona. I can guess that he got out of shape at the top or on the way down from the Finish Line jump and whiskey-throttled over the berm at the bottom of the jump where Rudy was watching. It was very busy at the track and I understand that Rene may have been on an unfamiliar bike at the time of the crash. These factors may have contributed to the crash, I do not know. Regardless, the result is devastating.

Rene leaves behind a wife and two sons. His wife has allowed me to start a GoFundMe campaign on their behalf. I would be so very grateful if you could please visit the GoFundMe page and help share it with our community of riders.

https://www.gofundme.com/paying-tribute-to-rene-torres

Dan

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6/16/2019 4:12 AM

That is awful. Thoughts with his family and friends. God speed.

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If talk is cheap, silence must be expensive because nobody can afford it!

6/16/2019 4:31 AM

Damn. RIP Rene, and condolences to his family and friends.

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6/16/2019 4:32 AM

We all hate to read such terrible news that happen in the sport we all love so much.

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6/16/2019 7:35 AM

Sorry for the loss of your friend

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6/16/2019 7:39 AM

God bless Rene Torres, rest in peace


I was sorry for the loss of your friend.

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6/16/2019 7:53 AM

Could have been any of us. Tough sport that is a heavy consequence for making a mistake riding. I feel for those 2 boys.

God speed and RIP.

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6/16/2019 7:54 AM

RIP

Sorry for your loss.

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"Who cares about what other people think"

6/16/2019 8:18 AM

How incredibly sad. Prayers go his wife and two sons.

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6/16/2019 8:42 AM

Awful news. Thoughts and prayers with friends and family,

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6/16/2019 8:44 AM

My condolences to his loved ones.

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6/16/2019 10:53 AM

Fuck. RIP Rene.

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6/16/2019 11:08 AM

RIP Rene

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6/16/2019 11:13 AM

Very sad. Dam our sport sometimes.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

6/16/2019 8:39 PM

RIP Rene

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6/16/2019 9:05 PM

Oh man . . . that is terrible to hear. Sincere condolences to Rene's friends and family.

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6/16/2019 9:31 PM

Dan ... can you let us who live in San Diego know about any memorial service we can attend? Gut wrenching.

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6/16/2019 9:32 PM

Wow, this is terrible to hear. RIP

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6/17/2019 7:33 AM

Terrible freak accident. RIP Rene.

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6/17/2019 7:50 AM

Very Sad sad

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6/17/2019 9:00 AM

This is so sad. I could feel a weird presence at Barona yesterday and I dont believe in that stuff.
Let me tell you, He was there in spirit yesterday.

Thoughts and prayers to his family. So very sad !!

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6/17/2019 9:44 AM

I feel for the wife and kids left behind. I hope they have a solid family around them for support.

I have put down a small donation and hoping that others will too.

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6/17/2019 9:58 AM

RIP and thoughts go out to his family.

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6/17/2019 10:19 AM

Very sad news. Condolences out to the family and friends of Rene.

RIP Rene

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6/17/2019 10:36 AM

Wow that's so sad to hear. Sorry for your loss of a friend and RIP Rene.

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6/17/2019 11:17 AM

Wow, terrible outcome. RIP Rene.

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6/20/2019 10:25 AM

The services for Rene will be held in Tijuana tomorrow Friday, June 21st from 7 pm until 1 am at the mortuary Santa Gema. The address is Boulevard Fundadores 2618, Juarez 22040 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

On behalf of the Torres family and myself, thank you all for your support and generosity. In these tough times, there is comfort in knowing that friends and neighbors care and are there for you when you need them most. God bless.

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6/20/2019 11:45 AM

Prayers for the family, R I P moto bro. God bless on the next chapter.

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6/20/2019 6:28 PM

Very , very sorry to hear about your friend Rene , Dan. It really sucks every time I hear about something like this happening. My thoughts go out to you , your boy , and all of Rene's family and friends. God speed Rene.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

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