On Tuesday, a motorcyclist lost his life after crashing his dirt bike at a private training facility in Ramona. The facility had previously hosted X Games events, according to authorities.
According to Cal Fire Capt. Brent Pascua, a crash occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. on “The Slayground” track situated on Sutherland Dam Road and state Route 78.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Jared Grieshaber, the rider tried to execute a jump but was unsuccessful in landing.
According to Pascua, witnesses contacted emergency services via 911, and were given instructions on how to perform CPR on the man by dispatchers. Upon the arrival of paramedics, life-saving measures were performed, however, the man’s injuries were deemed too severe.
According to Pascua, the individual passed away at approximately 3:40 p.m. prior to being transported to a medical facility. At this time, the identity of the man has not been disclosed as authorities await notification of his family members.
According to Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Pepin, the county Medical Examiner’s Office is handling the investigation of the incident.
Axell Hodges Killed in a Fatal Motorcycle Accident in east of Ramona
According to a report by The San Diego Union-Tribune in 2021, the ownership of the track belongs to Axell Hodges, a renowned figure in motocross and supercross racing. One of the three locations selected to host the X Games in 2021 was identified.
Tragedy struck at the Slayground Motocross Park on Tuesday afternoon when a dirt bike rider lost their life in a crash. The private motocross facility is located near Sutherland Dam Road, which is situated to the east of Ramona.
According to CHP Officer Jared Grieshaber, a rider aged 29 executed a jump but failed to land properly, resulting in the motorcycle seemingly falling on top of them.
According to Brent Pascua, a spokesperson for Cal Fire San Diego, witnesses at the facility reported a crash at approximately 3 p.m. The rider was given CPR by witnesses until emergency responders arrived and took over. Despite continued CPR efforts by responders until approximately 3:40 p.m., the rider was pronounced dead.
According to the X Games website, the facility is owned by Encinitas-native motocross rider Axell Hodges and is frequently utilized for motocross training and certain X Games competitions.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be investigating the collision and related death as it occurred on private property.
Attempts to obtain a statement from X Games have been made, however, a response has not yet been received.