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Fighter charged with manslaughter over training accident

Some scary stuff right here: a man died training mixed martial arts down in Peru – a tragedy for sure. But now the person he was training with at the time has been charged with manslaughter and it sounds like the family is going after the gym as well:

According to at least one local press report, the accident resulted when Lescano was shooting in for a takedown and landed awkwardly, probably on his head.

The result of the horrific sequence was two fractured cervical vertebrae and spinal damage for Lescano, who was left motionless. The immediate care provided by the gym is considered a contributing cause of his death, according to Lescano’s family. The attorney for his wife told one media outlet that instead of immediately calling for medical help, Tiger Gym members moved Lescano themselves (the gym disputes that assertion). Neck injuries require immediate stabilization as any movement could exacerbate the problem up to and including death.

“Franco’s injury was compounded by the abysmal care they received there,” Jose Vera said.

The 30-year-old Lescano had two children and had reportedly been training for his first fight. Three weeks later, he was dead.

Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Peruvian Salazar was arrested and charged with a crime similar to manslaughter. Some of the news stories on the incident describe Salazar as using a choke-type hold on Lescano as they fell to the mat, though none of the reports suggest anything malicious in his actions. Neither do any of the reports suggest how much jail time Salazar faces if convicted.

Deaths as a result of MMA training are rare but they do happen. I don’t know if blaming the gym or the other fighter involved is the right answer since I don’t know the whole story, but this certainly seems like a terrible accident rather than something people should be getting jailed over.