Mexico presidential candidate Maria de Jesus Patricio hurt, 1 dead in crash

Feb 15, 2018, 11:12 IST | AP

Mexican independent presidential candidate Maria de Jesus Patricio was injured in a road crash that also killed a person riding in her caravan and injured two others

This file picture taken on November 28, 2017 shows Maria de Jesus Patricio, spokesperson of Mexico's National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and an aspirant to presidential candidate, arriving at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City to collect signatures needed for the electoral process to Mexico's presidency. Patricio was injured on February 14, 2018 and a member of her campaign was killed when the van transporting them ran off the road, her party said. The accident happened in a remote region of the state of Baja California Sur, which forms the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. She was touring the country trying to collect the signatures needed to become the first indigenous woman ever to make it onto the presidential ballot in Mexico. Pic/AFP
This file picture taken on November 28, 2017 shows Maria de Jesus Patricio, spokesperson of Mexico's National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and an aspirant to presidential candidate, arriving at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City to collect signatures needed for the electoral process to Mexico's presidency. Patricio was injured on February 14, 2018 and a member of her campaign was killed when the van transporting them ran off the road, her party said. The accident happened in a remote region of the state of Baja California Sur, which forms the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. She was touring the country trying to collect the signatures needed to become the first indigenous woman ever to make it onto the presidential ballot in Mexico. Pic/AFP

Mexican independent presidential candidate Maria de Jesus Patricio was injured in a road crash that also killed a person riding in her caravan and injured two others. The National Indigenous Council said in a brief statement yesterday that a vehicle carrying Patricio and 10 other people went off a highway in the state of Baja California Sur.

The group said a woman it did not identify was killed and council member Francisco Grado was in serious condition. Patricio and council member Lucero Islava also had injuries, the statement said, but gave no details.

The newspaper La Jornada published a photo of emergency workers assisting Patricio as she walked next to an ambulance and a picture of a white van resting on its roof in a desert countryside. The paper said Patricio's left arm was broken.

Patricio, a Nahua indigenous healer from Jalisco state known popularly as "Marichuy," has been running as an independent candidate seeking to get a place on the July 1 presidential ballot. However, days before a deadline to gather some 866,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, she is well short of the requirement.

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