8 people were killed and more than 79 others injured yesterday when an out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a three-day “in Chichuahua, Mexico. 12 remained in intensive care, while 4 are reported in critical condition.
According to a video shot from the stands by Krizthall Martinez, the driver, Francisco Velazquez , made “an initial pass over two cars, then made another at higher speed, coming down sharply nose first and bouncing violently before piling straight into the crowd, which was unprotected by any sort of barrier or wall.”
Several witnesses also reported seeing Velazquez’s helmet fly off as he hit his head on the interior of the truck, which is nicknamed "Big Show," as he drove plowed over the old cars.
Velazquez is now being held by Chihuahua State Police on suspicion of manslaughter as officials continue to investigate possible safety violations in the show’s set-up, as well as any possible mechanical problems with his truck, known as “Big Show.” In the meantime, two armed men threw a firebomb at monster trucks and other vehicles parked at a hotel the same afternoon. The destroyed vehicles were part of an unrelated monster truck production at the air show.
Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte Juarez said his administration (which was listed as a sponsor of the air show), has declared three days of mourning.
In unrelated violence, police north of the border are investigating a "wild west gun battle" that broke out at a Fresno, CA motorcycle club's annual dance around 2 am Saturday night. According to the local sheriff's office, about 500 people from all over the state were gathered in the warehouse-like clubhouse when the shooting began. Although 100 people were detained and questioned by authorities, no arrests have yet been made.