Support Grows For San Marcos Driver In Off-Road Crash

More Than 300 People Left Messages On Facebook Supporting Brett Sloppy

Support is growing for the San Marcos driver who killed eight people during a race in the Mojave Desert on Saturday.

More than 300 people have left messages and prayers on a Facebook page for the driver, Brett Sloppy. Many of them say what happened is not Sloppy's fault.

"[During the race,] it's a lot of adrenaline, it's exciting and it's competitive," said

Cylde Ahrens said he doesn't know Sloppy but said he's raced against him before.

Ahrens said the spectators were too close. Witnesses to the crash said some people were so angry that they started to throw rocks at Sloppy after the crash.

"He didn't do anything wrong and he's going to have to live with this for the rest of his life," said Ahrens.

10News crews stopped by Sloppy's San Marcos home but no one answered.

On the Facebook page in support of Sloppy, Lance posted, "I can't imagine what you're going through right now... you have the support of the off-road world.

Cori wrote, "I know you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, but God will never give you anything you can't handle. People who love the sport of off-road racing will support you."

Meanwhile, Bill wrote, "With over 50 broken bones, I can definitely attest to the dangerous nature of off-road racing. This is said for everyone, but it's not Brett's fault."

The Bureau of Land Management told 10News a Sept. 11 race in Lucerne has not been canceled yet, but they are reviewing pending permits.

The Bureau would not comment on what types of changes if any would take place.

Ahrens told 10News that whenever he races, he feels like he is in danger "pretty much all the time." He said this tragedy has made him more cautious and he hopes spectators will do the same.

"Stay further away from the course because it is a high speed race," Ahrens advised spectators. "It's a competitive thing and often times we can't see where we are going."