How did Hugo Millan die? Rider, 14, began in 2nd place in motorcycle race that ended tragically
Spanish rider Hugo Millan has reportedly died while he was competing at the Hawkers European Talent Cup. The motorbike racing community is now grieving the talented champ's untimely death at the young age of 14 after sustaining injuries in a racetrack crash. Millan had initially crashed with another rider during the motorcycle race in Alcañiz, Spain. After he got up to get off the racetrack, another rider crashed into him head-on. The teenager was rushed to the track's hospital at first, before being transported to another hospital where he breathed his last.
News of Millan's death comes months after another teenager, Brendan Khuri was arrested for slamming his Lamborghini SUV into a woman while racing with an Audi. The deceased woman's car was crushed and she had to be cut free from the wreck, meanwhile, the teenager – the son of a Los Angeles millionaire, was arrested. Just hours ago, on July 25, another crash on a Queens highway killed Diana Granobles, a mom of three, along with her daughter, after a car rammed into their vehicle. The driver who crashed into the mother-daughter duo has since been charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter. In Millan's case, the rider who crashed into him has not been injured.
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How did Hugo Millan die?
Millan died at the MotorLand Aragón Circuit of the European Talent Cup after he was run over by another rider. Millan had initially started in second place on the second lap of the race and had just avoided falling a few turns earlier before he ultimately lost control and went down. He was still in the second position at the time. The young boy reportedly got up and tried to get out of the way as several other riders were able to avoid him, but organizers claim Oleg Pawelec on the No 5 bike hit Millan at the nearby exit way, straight on.
Millan reportedly stayed motionless on the ground as other riders passed him. Pawelec, who was not seriously injured, left the track on his own while the young Millan was being examined and attended by doctors and medics on site. He was treated for several minutes before being taken to the track hospital, and from there he was airlifted to another hospital on a helicopter. Millan reportedly died in the second hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.
Millan's death mourned by racing's elite
Ahead of Sunday's tragic events, Millan had been in second place in the European Talent Cup, which is a competition for young riders with aspirations to race professionally. Announcing his death, the racing event's organizers FIM CEV Repsol said on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened to report that Hugo Millán succumbed to his injuries after a crash in the HETC race."
Among the many who reacted to Millan's death on Twitter was six-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez, who tweeted words of condolences in Spanish, that roughly translates to: “RIP, Hugo Millán. My most sincere condolences to his family, friends and team," reports The Guardian. The MotoGP official Twitter account also wrote, "We are so sorry and saddened about @CEVMotorcycle rider Hugo Millán's passing. We would like to send all our love and support to his family, friends and team. Ride in peace, Hugo."
Millan, who was a member of the Cradle of Champions team, was also commemorated by MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, who tweeted: "We are sorry to hear the news that Hugo Millan Gracia passed away after a crash in the ETC during the @CEVMotorcycle round at Aragon. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and team. In motorsport, we are all family [heart emoji]."
We are deeply saddened to report that Hugo Millán succumbed to his injuries after a crash in the HETC race.— FIM CEV Repsol (@CEVMotorcycle) July 25, 2021
We send all our love and support to his family, team and loved ones.
We will miss you Hugo. pic.twitter.com/IuSlkdCzxJ
DEP Hugo Millán 🙏🏻😔 Mi más sincero pésame a su familia, amigos y equipo. pic.twitter.com/5Vw5ijSCgi— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) July 25, 2021
We are so sorry and saddened about @CEVMotorcycle rider Hugo Millán's passing.— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) July 25, 2021
We would like to send all our love and support to his family, friends and team.
Ride in peace, Hugo. pic.twitter.com/zzc8IDqztG
We are sorry to hear the news that Hugo Millan Gracia passed away after a crash in the ETC during the @CEVMotorcycle round at Aragon.— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) July 25, 2021
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and team.
In motorsport, we are all family❤️ pic.twitter.com/eV7Ee5P2so