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#1 kathy_paamul

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:30 AM

(copied from the corredores Cancun thread)Note from administrator: You can use google translator on this but be aware that it will run all the sentences together.

Que mala noticia!!!! Preocupante para los que entrenamos triatlón y ciclismo que sucedan estas desgracias provocadas por gentes imprudentes y caóticas que no consideran las mínimas reglas de respeto a los deportistas que estamos circulando por las calles.

Me duele mucho lo que le pasó a este deportista que con mucho ánimo e ilusiones se compromete a participar en un deporte por demás exigente, para ser ironman se requiere mucho más, una alta pasión por cumplir sus metas y sueños, se requiere mucha disciplina y orden en su vida para poder destinar el tiempo suficiente para trabajar, familia, entrenar, etc.

Seguramente este atleta tenía muchas ilusiones en lograr una meta, un objetivo en el ironman de Cozumel como muchos lo estamos planeando en estos momentos. Seguramente este triatleta tenía conocimiento de las reglas básicas para salir a rodar a las calles, por lo que dudo mucho que haya cometido algún error en romper sus reglas, sabemos que un error o falta te puede costar la vida como en este caso sucedió.

Señores Peritos de Tránsito de la Policía Municipal de Cozumel, NO SE VALE, NO SE VALE, se acaba de perder una vida, está muy raro el peritaje que hicieron los de Transito, esta raro, pero con más dolor lo señalo, vivimos en un México donde todavía se puede esto, ojala y el Sr. Gobernador del Estado Roberto Borge pueda tomar cartas en el asunto para aclarar con total transparencia y pulcritud estos hechos, esta noticia seguramente en este momento está recorriendo el mundo entero y la imagen para el evento del Ironman Cozumel que se llevará en este año en dos ediciones en el mes de septiembre y noviembre, es muy probable que se dañara y afectara de manera considerable la imagen del evento y del propio destino turístico en el cual se hace mucho esfuerzo por atraer turistas.

El Turismo Deportivo se está consolidando como una alternativa para Quintana Roo, miles de deportistas y acompañantes se movilizan en eventos como un IRONMAN, si no me creen, pregúntenles a los hoteleros, prestadores de servicios, restauranteros, los propios taxistas que se han beneficiado enormemente con eventos como los que se avecinan.

Sr. Presidente Municipal Aurelio Joaquín, Usted es un aficionado al triatlón y al deporte, he escuchado que tiene afición por el triatlón, además de que es el principal y más ferviente promotor del evento de Ironman que este año se llevara a cabo en Cozumel, le solicito de la manera más respetuosa su intervención para revisar este trágico accidente y tomar cartas en el asunto.

Desafortunamente la vida del triatleta Val Robichaux no la podremos devolver, pero estamos todavía a tiempo de que no vuelvan a suceder más estas desgracias. Estamos a tiempo de que se impongan medidas de seguridad para la protección de los ciclistas que transitamos por las calles de Cozumel, Cancún, Solidaridad, en fin de todo este hermoso estado de Quintana Roo.

Estamos a tiempo de que se reformen los reglamentos de transito municipal en todo el estado para que se incluya reglas básicas para el cuidado y la protección a los ciclistas. Estamos a tiempo de que se promuevan intensas campañas de orientación y educación en toda la población para que la convivencia con el vehículo motor y la bicicleta sea amigable. Estamos a tiempo de que se realicen las adecuaciones a la estructura vial de las ciudades para destinar carriles confinados para el uso y promoción de la bicicleta como medio de transporte. En fin, estamos a tiempo de que no vuelva a suceder otra desgracia.

Por una parte en el mundo entero se promueve el uso de la bicicleta como medio de transporte, el uso de la bicicleta como articulo para ejercitarse y llevar una vida saludable, se pretende hacer un esfuerzo para que la contaminación ambiental sea reducida, se está promoviendo actualmente la movilidad de las personas para que sea el transporte masivo de pasajeros que movilice de un destino a otro, y todo para inhibir el uso del vehículo.

Pero volvamos a la bicicleta, seguramente en esta ciudad de Cancún, habrá voces que se alcen y que cuestionen y critiquen a los ciclistas que con valentía salimos a las calles a entrenar, algunos otros como medio de transporte para ir a sus trabajos o escuelas, y otros más para contribuir a mejorar la salud o actividad recreativa.

Cada vez que salimos a rodar a las calles, somos víctimas de personas que se sienten dueños de las calles y de la verdad, en efecto hace décadas las calles fueron pensadas y diseñadas para los vehículos, en esta época las calles deberán de aprender a convivir con otro tipo de vehículos como la bicicleta, y deberán de respetar las reglas escritas y no escritas.

En Cancún afortunadamente existe una comunidad muy alta de deportistas y de aficionados al ciclismo y triatlón que estamos tomando las calles para entrenar y para proponer un modelo de vida diferente, todos los días de la semana nos encontraremos en las calles, algunos salimos a rodar a la zona hotelera, vialidad que se presta por su longitud, estado de conservación, distancia y demás atributos para usarla en las primeras horas de la mañana.

En esta numerosa familia de atletas hemos sido víctimas de agresiones que nos han realizado, muchos hemos sufrido el acoso de los camioneros, taxistas, conductores intolerantes y agresivos que están dañados del cerebro y que tratan de hacernos daño echándonos los autos encima. Algunos compañeros deportistas hemos sufrido accidentes, algunos hemos tenido serias lesiones físicas, afortunadamente no se ha perdido una vida como acaba de suceder en Cozumel.

Un servidor en carne propia fue víctima de un atropello a propósito y con toda la mala intención de un chofer de camión de pasajeros de turismo, afortunadamente esa mañana mi Dios me acompaño y me cuido, porque de no haber sido así, a la velocidad del camión que me golpeo de costado y a lo indefenso y frágil al ir en una bicicleta hubiera sido fatal, seguramente en un desenlace trágico. Desde esa fecha, mis compañeros no me dejaran mentir, siempre llevo en las salidas a rodar a la calle, chaleco reflejante, estrobos para ser visible, cualquier color que pueda ser distinguido, y como regla principal cumplir a cabalidad y puntualmente las reglas de seguridad.

Por último, hago un llamado a los ciudadanos, a la gente de bien de Cancún y demás ciudades de Quintana Roo, a todos en general, CUIDEMOS A LOS CICLISTAS Y FOMENTEMOS EL RESPETO A ESTA COMUNIDAD. Hagamos juntos y propongamos una cultura de seguridad para los ciclistas, hagamos de este lamentable incidente una oportunidad para fomentar la convivencia de los automovilistas con los ciclistas. Hagamos un llamado a las autoridades para que tomen cartas en el asunto y se ejecuten las acciones necesarias para que se impulse el uso de la bicicleta como un medio de transporte más que ande circulando por las calles, tal como en los Estados Unidos podemos se disfrutan y aprovechan las calles.

Descanse en Paz compañero triatleta Val Robichaux, muchos de los que vamos a competir el Ironman seguramente te recordaremos y en tu honor llegaremos a la meta que hoy tu no pudiste lograr, seremos IRONMAN en tu honor.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:14 PM

It certainly is a tragic loss of life.

The problem is that both the main highway, and the 'old road' run within a few feet of each other...there is nothing to warn people to STOP.

People don't realize that if you pull off the main highway or the 'old road' to go to any of the beach bar areas that they will be crossing two HIGHLY ACTIVE roads.

I don't know what a happened, I only know the tragic outcome.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

I thought you guys might have more info over there because I just don't get the same impression that he does. I am afforded enormous respect by the cars over here on the mainland, but it is probably quite different up in Cancun. At any rate, a senseless loss. My condolences.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

Here's two articles from Por Esto! for what they are worth.

http://www.poresto.n...idTitulo=159643

http://www.poresto.n...idTitulo=159644

Clearly any accident with a taxi, obviously the cyclist must have been at fault. It is reported that there was significant damage to the taxi and had the taxista been at fault, those damages, damage to the bicycle AND all the medical costs would have to be paid by the taxi union.

I don't know the facts of this incident, if the taxi was moved as was suggested by witnesses. There was filming taking place as reported by Por Esto!

Kathy a difference you might find here is that the taxistas are professional drivers and simply they are never at fault, even true accidents, something that just happens and is really the fault of no one.

There was that "accident" some years back when the "fakes" (oh, spell check, did I mean facts?) of the official report and accident peritaje indicated that by lack of precaution by the tourist, he was headed south on Melgar and attempted a left turn crossing the north bound lanes as he turned into the parking lot at the Palacio. A ridiculous claim was made that the tourist was rear ended while north bound and stopped for the red light at the intersection with calle 11. There were conflicting statements given by the actual witnesses and those that arrived soon after. BUT someone with a video camera (they might have been staying at the Plaza las Glorias) and the video clearly showed a number of taxis arriving on the scene and quickly moving both cars involved for it to appear it was a turning in front of the taxi which would have had the right-away, clearly not the taxi rear-ending a vehicle stopped for a red light. The fact that there were tire skid marks and assorted debris beyond the accident was just one of those oddities in life. This was all captured on film, this was in the early years of video cameras that you watched on VCRs, long before DVDs and photoshop programs.

More recently when the lady was killed who worked as a dentista for IMSS. The taxi driver was drunk and knew it was dangerous to drive so he demonstrated his professionalism by speeding down avenue 65 in order that he more quickly get home and remove himself from the road as an impaired driver as quickly as possible. They did graciously pay for the dentista's funeral and did pay some nominal amount in compensation, $50,000 pesos used to be the going rate. After all, how much earning potential over a lifetime would a dentist have that was around 30ish. She only had a potential 35 years left in her chosen career.

One more reason to carry substantial insurance, worst case scenario might be to have an accident with a taxi. It has been said that as a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk, if hit by a taxi going the wrong way on a one way street, driving on the sidewalk, you should have chosen the other side of the street, your fault.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:19 AM

As per an article in Por Esto this morning...this is a translated version. It appears that the investigation is not over.
http://www.poresto.n...idTitulo=159878

'The interpretation given by the experts PGJE of the accident, was that at 11:40 am on Tuesday, Val Robichaux Ian, Scott led the Mountain-bike brand black in direction from north to south along the new road called, and upon arriving at mile 14.5 where there is a deviation to join the old road, say that the alien did not care and went to the rail where preference was passing at that moment Jocias Gabriel Diaz, heading south to north on board the car Volkswagen Jetta type white with economic number 73 belonging to the union of taxi drivers "Adolfo Lopez Mateos," which produced the frontal impact with the unfortunate result.
Arturo Navarro Vieira, chief expert of the PGJE, said the death of Ian Val Robichaux, was due by blows to the chest that resulted in medical terms a "severe thoracic trauma."
Ian Val Robichaux, was 70, was retired physician who practiced in the state of Arizona, USA, was on vacation in Cozumel, housed in the hotel "Coral Princess" of the hotel zone north, and the day of the unfortunate accident was traveling with her ​​adult child.
On the morning of Wednesday, relatives of the deceased went to the Public Ministry, to claim the corpse, which was done in a timely manner, and were advised at all times by Anne Harris, consular representative of the United States in Cozumel.
was learned through sources close to the family of the deceased, which objected to the report made ​​of the Traffic Branch and the expertise of the PGJE, which is why we bring an external expert to conduct a third assessment of the accident to clear doubts.

On the other hand, it was learned from reliable sources, that Ian Val Robichaux, was not an athlete who trained for the Ironman event, but it was a vacationers who rented the bike driving in the car rental company "RC Sports", the day of the tragic accident'.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Good Evening Everyone,

In what very little free time I have had in the last few days, I have came across a few similar threads, and as the proud son of Val Robichaux, and (as far as I know at this time) the only truly "uninvolved" witness to the entire accident- I feel I am obligated to get the facts to the public in anyway I can. We are in a heated legal battle against the local "forces that be" to clear my father's name (all we have ever wanted) and regardless of the outcome- the world deserves to know what happened in those few moments around the accident that took the life of one of the best men the world has seen. I apologize in advance if this is wordy- but every word is worth reading for my father's memory.

First and foremost a little on Val Ian Robichaux- the man I have had the privilege of calling dad for the past 26 years. Although he was born in Tempe, AZ- he has lived the last 35+ years in Colorado. Up until his death he lived in Cortez Colorado where he had been enjoying retirement for the past 10 years. Val was not an Ironman- nor was he training for the ironman…although he hat the utmost respect for triathletes and ironmen athletets. That being said- you would be hard pressed to find a more avid cyclist than Val. This year alone his odometer on his Trek Madone had clocked over 3,000 miles. He WAS training to finish the Iron Horse Classic Bike Race in Durango, CO in the end of May- a feat we planned to complete together. As far as personality goes- well I can't even express in words- I will simply leave it at that. Val and my mother came to Cozumel to suprise my girlfriend and I on Saturday knowing that I would be proposing to my girlfriend on Monday night here. He wanted to be here to help celebrate, and was nearly equally excited when I told him that we could rent bikes for a couple of days and loop the island. Luckily he was able to see his son get engaged the night before the last day of his life.

On the day of his death we departed our hotel north of town around 9:30, and enjoyed a refreshing shower through San Miguel- we headed south out of town just moving right along with the tail wind that we joked would make our life a living hell when we hit the other side of the island. We had decided that when the opportunity allowed- we would jump on the "old highway" as it was slower and lower traffic amounts. At the first opportunity I did so- but my dad missed the turnoff- I (on the old highway) yelled over to my dad and he said "I'll meet you on up ahead" signaling forward towards the upcoming crossover- the entrance to the Ocean Beach Club / Resort. As he slowed and started to turn in / over towards the old highway to meet up with me I noticed a taxi FLYING towards me / us. I signaled with my left hand for my dad to stop and yelled over my left shoulder "DAD! CAR!". I remember thinking "Please GOD let my dad have stopped in time", but as I turned and looked over my right shoulder I witnessed taxi #73 plow into my father at 60+ km/h disintegrating his stout Scott mtb, and sending him torso first into the windshield, then 3+ ft over the vehicle. My heart stopped. The taxi coasted to a stop ~150m down the road as I sprinted over to my father screaming. He was motionless in an already large pool of blood. I noticed an ambulance just 100m further down the road and screamed for their assistance. To my amazement my father was breathing with extreme labor but unconscious with obvious lacerations, fractures, bruises and other injuries. Some concerned by standing tourists came to our aid as did some Ocean club employees as the medical staff braced and loaded my father who was still unconscious. The driver never came over and within minutes there were 3-4 other cabs down in the area surrounding the lethal car.

The 15 minute drive to CMC was the longest in my life as I heard my father fighting for his life in the back of the ambulance. We arrived, I offered what information I could and was asked to wait in the lobby as I watched the doctors try their hardest to keep my father alive- an effort they eventually could not succeed with as he passed away from cardiac arrest caused by complete torso trauma / collapse approx 30 minutes later. We later found out that he had multiple shattered bones, head injuries, extreme bleeding, shattered rib cage, collar bone, collapsed lungs, and several other injuries witch simply are not possibly caused by a car traveling at 30 km / h (the posted speed limit).

At this time I cannot release too much legal information- but what I can tell you is that the cries for justice from my mother, fiance, and myself have fallen on deaf legal ears here in Cozumel. We have hired attorneys and a legal team from Cancun who will continue to fight to clear my father's name after we leave the island tomorrow. The corruption is unreal- as is the power of the taxi unions in this country. I truly pity everyone involved.

The FACTS: My father had NO yield, stop, or otherwise regulatory traffic sign. My father reached and yielded at the intersection long before the taxi arrived. The Taxi was traveling at OVER DOUBLE the posted speed limit. THE TAXI HAD A STOP SIGN 50 METERS before he killed my father which he blatantly ran. According to the current "expert" opinion which was generated by the local DA's office my father was at fault because he ran a stop sign and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The report makes NO mention of the vehicle speed (because there was no skid marks because the taxi ran right through my father, and slowly came to a stop afterwords), nor the FACT that the taxi had just ran a stop sign a high velocity. The press is in our hotel so if anyone would like to know more- I will gladly post more later. Thank you all for your support and I hope this clears up any doubt of my father's unnecessary and innocent death. God bless you all-

- Rex M. Robichaux

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:04 PM

I am so very sorry to hear about your horrific loss. I have no words.

And Charles, taxis are just as bad over here.

Again my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your amazing father. I'm not sure if you speak/read Spanish, but the post I copied from the Cancun running group was speaking very strongly AGAINST those in Cozumel who allowed this "accident" to happen and was not blaming your father in the least (nor was I). As a matter of fact he suggests we should do this year's Ironman in his honor. (and I will definitely keep your father in mind as I compete this year) The only difference I find is that the post I copied spoke to all driver's poor driving whereas I have found down here (about 85 km south of Cancun) the drivers are very careful of me on the carretera.

Again, my condolences on a horrific and senseless loss.

http://www.dqr.com.m...tionan-peritaje

this article indicates the taxi was speeding.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

Kathy_paamul

I want to apologize if my post came across overly harsh- although my spanish is nearly non-existent… google translate had showed me what you meant. I realized most / everyone on here suspected or already knew the truth- just wanted to confirm it in case some reports are stating otherwise out there. I can't say enough how much your words mean to myself and my family. Although we have not had the privilege to meet any of the local athletes- they seem to make one wonderful community. It would mean the world to my father to know so many fellow athletes were concerned and had him in their thoughts as they pushed themselves. As we will be very busy in the upcoming weeks I will likely not have the opportunity to post again on this site- but want to say thank you again for all of your support. I hope my father's tragedy and the results of our legal battle can serve to make the local roads safer for athletes, recreationalists, tourists, and locals alike. God Bless

-Rex


I am so very sorry to hear about your horrific loss. I have no words.

And Charles, taxis are just as bad over here.

Again my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your amazing father. I'm not sure if you speak/read Spanish, but the post I copied from the Cancun running group was speaking very strongly AGAINST those in Cozumel who allowed this "accident" to happen and was not blaming your father in the least (nor was I). As a matter of fact he suggests we should do this year's Ironman in his honor. (and I will definitely keep your father in mind as I compete this year) The only difference I find is that the post I copied spoke to all driver's poor driving whereas I have found down here (about 85 km south of Cancun) the drivers are very careful of me on the carretera.

Again, my condolences on a horrific and senseless loss.

http://www.dqr.com.m...tionan-peritaje

this article indicates the taxi was speeding.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

Kathy_paamul

I want to apologize if my post came across overly harsh- although my spanish is nearly non-existent… google translate had showed me what you meant. I realized most / everyone on here suspected or already knew the truth- just wanted to confirm it in case some reports are stating otherwise out there. I can't say enough how much your words mean to myself and my family. Although we have not had the privilege to meet any of the local athletes- they seem to make one wonderful community. It would mean the world to my father to know so many fellow athletes were concerned and had him in their thoughts as they pushed themselves. As we will be very busy in the upcoming weeks I will likely not have the opportunity to post again on this site- but want to say thank you again for all of your support. I hope my father's tragedy and the results of our legal battle can serve to make the local roads safer for athletes, recreationalists, tourists, and locals alike. God Bless

-Rex




Rex, please. no need for any apology. I just wanted to make sure you understood that nobody was blaming your father; quite the opposite in fact. Your post was not in the least bit harsh, it is so difficult to convey tone through this medium. Again, my heartfelt condolences in what should have been the most happy time in your life. I'm so terribly sorry.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

I may be way off here but wasn't Gabriel Dias a cab driver that many people promoted on this site quit a few years ago? I remember he had a low taxi number and was supposed to be the taxi person to call if you had special needs or requests.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:40 PM

Gabriel Diaz Medina, the cab driver recommended here died in 2006, not the same man.

Rex.

I offer my personal condolences, from the members of this forum and the community at large in your tragic loss. You have evidently seen the absolute power and immunity given to members of the taxi union. The "powers that be" run the union and have complete control of the entire political and judicial systems in the State. Nowhere else is it more evident than in Cozumel. My sarcastic post above serve as examples. In broad daylight on Melgar in front of city hall, Keystone cops style, 5-6 taxistas simply moved two vehicles almost fifty feet to try to show a plausible version of the accident before officials arrived. No one could have imagined the entire incident was being filmed and it only came to light after shocking charges of failure to yield were brought against the tourist driver. The fact that all of the debris and the tire skid marks were beyond where the cars were presented, mattered little.

In the off duty drunken driver who killed the dentista, it was treated like if you are extremely drunk, you shouldn't drive, but if you need to get home, it would be best to speed to get off the road as quickly as possible.

In a display of absolute immunity there was a local dive, snorkel company that had long used taxis for their clients, but they brought the wrath of the union when they started transporting their cruise ship passengers via boat, directly from the pier where their ship was docked. This company was building a new ocean front office that the taxi drivers objected was going to block their view of the sea while they waited in line for fares at the pier. A pack of drivers, 35-40 members merely showed up with sledge hammers and pick axes and destroyed the nearly completed structure. They also had the owner "arrested" twice, charging her with stealing fares and driving along Melgar in a private vehicle looking for fares. She was transporting her grandchildren and daughter in law. The group was detained until proof was presented that all those were direct blood relatives or one, related by marriage.

There is no separation between the union and the ranking public officials. They own the mayor's office as they do the governor. The political power is unlimited.

Good move seeking a legal team from off the island, but no case will ever be won in the State of Quintana Roo. Your legal objective should be to force it to Federal officials and ultimately appeal court decisions in the appellant court in Merida. They higher you go and the more Federal the case becomes, the chances for justice based upon true facts increases. Personally I have filed four complaints with the Human Rights Commission over the discriminatory practices of the judicial system here. When the Human Rights opened an office on the island, they were shocked by the number of complaints, the level of blatant corruption and the number of people who were willing to come forward and file complaints.

Given the Federal elections coming up in July, it will be an uncomfortable time for various officials having light shined on cases like this. I risk deportation from saying this, but I no longer give a damn.

The average taxi driver is a decent person, but they can never go against the dictates of the union. They can function as a pack of dogs that have gone feral, individual animals might be sweet lap dogs, but put them into a pack mentality and you have a dangerous mob.

A curious aspect for your legal team to explore is if the union actually has insurance to cover their drivers or if they are completely "self insured". They assume that the savings from buying insurance will be more than sufficient to settle claims. Just as some of the largest car rental agencies, they might have a couple hundred cars, but only carry insurance on a handful. A quick shuffle of papers shows that any car involved in an incident will always have valid insurance papers to present.

I wish you luck in your legal quest, you deserve better, but the people of Cozumel, the people of the State, they all deserve better too. Do it for your dad, but do it too for all the other people that have been victimized and to prevent it happening to others. Your tragedy is beyond words, the loss of your father, but then to have to suffer the full force of circle the wagons, we'll just stonewall all this is beyond words. The taxi driver and the union are morally, but strongly legally responsible to pay all of the costs involved which I assume already are substantial. If this involves a suit, when you win, they are required to pay all legal fees and costs. This incident screams for justice and may that justice be the final legacy of your father. Our deepest sympathies in your loss.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:14 AM

Rex,

I sent you and your family prayers and my condolences!
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

Rex, how courageous and thoughtful of you to share this horrendous and tragic loss with this forum. Any words I can say would seem woefully inadequate, but I can only state the same sentiments as the others- my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.

I think Charles sums it up quite well: "The average taxi driver is a decent person, but they can never go against the dictates of the union. They can function as a pack of dogs that have gone feral, individual animals might be sweet lap dogs, but put them into a pack mentality and you have a dangerous mob."

I have been inundated with stories of the antics of the taxi drivers here for years. Each time I feel such a sense of injustice and frustration. They wield a power and influence that is almost barbaric. Where I disagree with Charles is the statement that the average taxi driver is a decent person. Maybe moreso in the past, but more often than not, I have had surly cab drivers, refusals to show me fare charts, and some who are obviously not from here and don't know how to reach my destination and I have to give them directions. That "nice decent" taxi driver that may have moved/altered the vehicle in this case - probably goes to church every Sunday and has very little remorse. Makes me sick.

Rex, thank you for not giving up, and again - my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:22 PM

i was out of town wed thru today but when i first heard of the tragedy tuesday at 1:30pm or so, they announced it on the radio as a "local cyclist training for the half ironman" and my heart sunk like a ship (as most of you know, i am very active in the cozumel triathlon team as well as in the local cycling federation). i was the first posting the news on FB. when the details were corrected i still cried for the loss of a "family member."
it is a tragic loss in general. however, as a cyclist, if another cyclist is killed by a reckless driver, it hurts even more. all cyclists are family. i tried to meet up with val's family tuesday but was at least able to get a message sent to val's family and rex was kind enough to write me back as i read it through many tears (even now).
i have been speaking to my ironman teammates as well as local cyclists (we have a race sunday morning and we will talk more) and we plan several different events in the very near future.
one thing we will do is to wear a black band in memory of val in one or both ironman events. we are also going to do some major campaigning to raise awareness of cyclists on the road, including a very possible march. EVERYONE is encouraged to participate in this march. it is NOT political so i see no problem with expats participating, especially if some of you ride a bike or know someone who does. it's just like if you marched for the humane society. once we get it organized, i will let you know. at least show up on the side lines.
i had to take a taxi tonight home from the pier. he was driving slowly and cautiously and i commented on this and thanked him. he told me that the taxi union has been talking to drivers to go slower (blah blah blah), but we need to make a strong statement to them. if you take a cab and he is going fast, TELL HIM TO SLOW DOWN. you are paying for a service to get you to your destination safe.
we will also be connecting with the powers that be (not aurelio) to get on ALL drivers that exceed speeding limits, and stick them with severe fines. if the police dept needs income, some radar guns should do the trick.
and please, lead by example folks. if you are driving and see a cyclist on the side of the road, put on your intermittent lights, slow down, make a wide pass, clear the cyclist, and continue. maybe just maybe the person on your tail behind you will follow suit and learn.
as we begin our hard training next month for the half and full ironman events, as well as other cycling events such as cedral, we can't always have a support car behind us to make sure we are safe. but with your help, we can all work together to raise awareness and prevent another horrific tragedy.
rex, we will stay in touch via email. god bless you and your family.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

Rex,

I regularly bike the roads of Cozumel and I am very sorry for your loss.

Have you considered raising this issue with your Congressmen and asking them to elevate it to the Department of State?
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:12 AM

Rex,

I regularly bike the roads of Cozumel and I am very sorry for your loss.

Have you considered raising this issue with your Congressmen and asking them to elevate it to the Department of State?


That's a good idea, actually. You might want to go right for Senator as they tend to have more clout. It needs to get bumped up to the federal level and that's perhaps the fastest -- and by far the cheapest- way to do it.

We are all so terribly saddened by your family's utterly tragic loss. Words cannot express
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:06 AM

I will repeat a post I put on my facebook page .... I sometimes am embarrassed to be an American living in Mexico when I see the drunken Americans falling out of the downtown bars returning to the cruise ship. But today, I am embarrassed to be a resident of Mexico. How this can happen is beyond our understanding. Our hearts and sympathies at this terrible time.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:18 AM

It is difficult for an outside person to put this in proper perspective. It was an accident, a cyclist was hit and died in an accident with a taxi, it probably happens everyday somewhere. When you have benefit of knowledge of the history and the absolute political power and judicial immunity of which they operate can you have proper insight.

The union celebrates their 50th anniversary this year, that goes back to before statehood. The dueños, the owners, the lords of the roads. There are 700 plus taxis, but around 2,000 drivers total.
Their most recent flex of muscle was when a chartered tour bus arrived from Mexico City with 45 passengers on a trip for Semana Santa. The bus was blocked after it arrived via the car ferry. No one will transport visitors except the union. The upcoming 500 members Mexican Travel Agency Association annual convention where members will be staying at 15 hotels. Will they again make a complete embarrassment of their political might. http://www.poresto.n...idTitulo=160673

For a historical comparison, the union would make Jimmy Hoffa seem like a school crossing guard, Mayor Richard Daley the first, a boy scout leader. When Cancun was invented, the taxi union demanded certain concessions regarding the airport or they threatened to go on strike and shut down Mexico City. Only when sufficient pressure is generated on a national Federal level might they make finacial restitution, but still admit no guilt. I personally got rid of three Ministerio Publicos from filing complaints with the Human Rights Commission when the corruption was so blatant and obvious, two resigned and one transferred off the island. But there are always two more to take their place.

Remember Kirsty MacColl, the Internationally known British singer hit and killed by a speed boat owned and most likely operated by Mr Mega, Sr. Gonzales. They had a peon deck hand plead guilty to being the driver, he was sentenced to one year in prison, but the sentence was suspended when the alternative fine of $1,100 dollars was paid. The family mounted a nine year campaign with untold thousands of letters sent in protest to the presidential office and Attorney General. Even when U2 decided to return on tour, Bono dedicated a song to Kirsty, "I Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For". The whole situation is a widely known disgrace. If and when Mexican Law gets enforced and applied here, it will turn the island upside down. Quintana Roo largely makes their own rules and then Cozumel is an entity all to itself.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

Rex,

Sincere condolences and heartfelt thoughts for you and your family. You've suffered a great loss and can only hope something good can come out of it in honor of your Dad....
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

If the U S Consulate in Merida has not been contacted, they can some take some action in getting a proper investigation They should be ASAP!!!! They have a FB page boys and girls lets load it up with complaints.

Rex, my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family!



U.S. Consulate Merida: 01-999-942-5700 (dialing from within Mexico), ext. 5722, 5723, or 5752
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