Thursday, Caleb Moore died after an accident at the 17th annual Winter X Games that took place a week ago; Moore walked off the track after the top of his snowmobile clipped the top of a jump, he went up over the handlebars and then the snowmobile rolled over him. Immediately after the crash, Moore was knocked unconscious. He suffered a concussion and has been in the hospital ever since. See the video of the crash below.
Caleb Moore, 25, performed several perfect jumps before the accident and had less than 30 seconds left to perform his jumps when the accident occurred. Since his death, the danger of the Winter X Games has been highly criticized although this is the first death that has occurred at the X Games.
Moore has won four medals at the X Games. He was also injured several weeks ago in a similar accident while attempting a back flip on a snowmobile and was knocked unconscious.
Thursday, Moore's family issued this statement, according to Sporting News.com:
This morning Caleb Moore passed away. He will be truly missed and never forgotten.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for all the prayers and support they have received from all the fans, friends and family around the world that Caleb has inspired.
They would also like to thank the physicians and medical staff at both Aspen Valley Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction for their care and dedication.
At this time, the family will not be making any other public statements. They continue to decline interviews. Thank you for continuing to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.
Arrangements for a celebration of life are being made and an announcement will be made in the coming days.
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Sources: The Denver Post and Sporting News.com
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