T he Brujo Manuel, who became known for providing his « spiritual help » to Estudiantes de La Plata, suffered a traffic accident, for which he had to be hospitalized with multiple injuries. As indicated, Manuel Valdez was traveling with his two children, who also had to be admitted, although they are all out of danger.
The incident occurred yesterday afternoon in 485, between 31 and 31 bis, in La Plata. According to the police report, Valdez was traveling in a Ford Ranger pickup when he collided with a parked Toyota Etios. He quickly reached the personal place of SAME, along with two ambulances.
The doctors verified that the Brujo had suffered head and chest trauma, for which he was referred to the Villa Elisa Clinic, out of danger; while their two children were taken to the La Plata Children’s Clinic with blows to the head and face, although the injuries were not serious either.
According to the first statements of the witnesses, Manuel would have lost control of his truck and it transpired that it is being investigated if he had a pressure spike derived from his diabetes. Nor is it ruled out that he has fallen asleep.
El Brujo became a recognized character in La Plata after having « helped » Estudiantes to win the 2009 Copa Libertadores. From that moment on he became almost an amulet for Pincha and forged a close relationship with the club. He also « collaborated » with Independiente winning the Copa Sudamericana in 2017.
Such was his popularity that during the complicated qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, former national team coach Jorge Sampaoli contacted him before the crucial trip to Quito, in which Argentina sealed its agonizing qualification after defeating a youthful team 3-1 Ecuadorian, in a controversial match.