By José Antonio Pérez and Shandra Keesecker-Rivereo
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a bus belonging to the Puerto Peñasco Municipal Sports Institute (IMD), in which a group of young boxing talents and coaching staff from Puerto Peñasco were traveling, flipped over near kilometer 134 of the 4 lane highway between Benjamin Hill and Santa Ana.
The tragic accident left 6 dead and 23 wounded, some seriously. The athletes were returning from a boxing competition held over the weekend in Cd. Obregón. The deceased included renowned boxing trainer Jonatan Oroz Gómez, Mario Gaxiola Garcia, Víctor Martinez, Francisco Jaime Castro Valenzuela, Martín Murrieta Yescas and driver Eduardo Hernández Martínez.
Puerto Peñasco mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro detailed the entire community is mourning and has instructed all within his administration “to provide immediate attention to the family members of all those involved.”
Patients from the bus accident, among them athletes ranging from 11 – 17 years old, as well as adults, were taken immediately to the Sonora Children’s Hospital and the State General Hospital, both in Hermosillo, as well as the Benjamin Hill Health Center
By Monday evening, March 9th, the remains of the deceased had been brought to Puerto Peñasco for evening wakes in different parts of the city, including outside homes and local funeral parlors. On March 10th, a 1 p.m. gathering at the Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada outdoor gymnasium was called for to pay homage to the lives lost, and pray for those still hospitalized and in recovery.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to help the families of each of the 6 individuals that lost their lives in the accident, and may be accessed at: Boxing Youth die in fatal bus accident