Shinozuka's life in danger after crash

SABHA (Libya): Former Paris-Dakar rally winner Kenjiro Shinozuka was in a coma and fighting for his life after a crash in yesterday’s eighth stage of the 2003 event. 

The 54-year-old, Japan's most distinguished rally driver, and his French co-driver Thierry Delli-Zotti were both seriously hurt when their Nissan pick-up went over a sand dune halfway through the 727-km stage between Ghat and Sabha in Libya. 

“Shinozuka is now in a coma with a serious facial concussion,” rally doctor Christian Noel told French television. “His blood pressure is now stabilised. We’re taking him to Tunis where a further diagnosis will be made. “He’s not in a condition to go further than Tunis. We’re planning to fly him to Paris later.” – Reuters 

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