Mar 11, 2013
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by David Swarts
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Santiago Villa. Photo by Lisa Theobald, courtesy of CCS Florida.
One day after winning three races, Colombian Santiago Villa crashed and suffered a concussion and several broken bones, including the C6 vertebra in his neck, during a CCS event Sunday, March 10 at Roebling Road Raceway, in Bloomingdale, Georgia.
“I don’t even know what to tell you. It’s ridiculous. I was in a really stupid accident,” Villa told Roadracingworld.com Monday from his bed in Memorial University Medical Center, in Savannah, Georgia. “What they tell me, because I don’t remember anything to tell you the truth, is that apparently there was a red flag in the [Middleweight Supersport] race. Jim Cohrs was leading, and I was inches from his tail. When he saw the red flag he checked up, and I didn’t see the red flag at all. I think I hit him or something, and the bike landed on my head. I don’t remember anything. They told me I was knocked out.”
Villa was transported to the hospital via a medivac helicopter.
In addition to his obvious concussion, Villa listed his injuries as, “I broke my right wrist, my left arm [humerus] in three parts, one finger on my right hand, the left foot – a hairline fracture, eight ribs and I broke the vertebra number six.
“I’m going to need surgery on both [hand and arm] and they are debating on if they want to do surgery on my neck.”
Villa had planned to race in the AMA Pro SuperSport class at Daytona International Speedway later this week, but now he says he is just hoping to get his surgery done in time to be able to attend the races as a spectator.
Roadracingworld.com was not able to reach Cohrs, who also crashed in the incident, before post time. A posting on Cohrs’ Facebook page Monday indicated that he suffered ligament damage to his right foot/ankle.
CCS/ASRA boss Kevin Elliott said Cohrs was not transported from the track via ambulance.