Freestyle Motocross Rider Jeremy Lusk Dies dies two days after accident (Video)

February 11, 2009

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (ChattahBox)—Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross rider, died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.

Lusk was attempting a stunt called a Hart Attack flip when he lost control, with his head slamming into the ground. Lusk crashed in almost identical fashion in the freestyle semifinals at the 2007 X Games but was not hurt.

Lusk was rushed to Calderon Hospital ICU in San Jose, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, and underwent a 4 1/2-hour long surgery. He was then put into a medically induced coma and never regained consciousness. nfortunately, Jeremy passed away in his hospital bed late Monday night, reports Pete Thomas of the L.A. Times. He was reportedly surrounded by his mom and dad, Chuck and Gina Lusk; his wife Lauren, and mother- and father-in-law Lynne and Larry, along with fellow Metal Mulisha riders Ryan Hagy, Cameron Steele, Brian Deegan and Erik Apple.

Lusk was a rising star in the sport, grabbing X Game gold in the FMX event and silver in Moto X best trick. Lusk was named FMX rider of the year in December. Video of the crash shows Lusk completing the initial trick of his run in San Jose’s Saprissa Stadium, but after his launch from a second, smaller ramp, his bike pitched forward while he attempted a landing after a back flip.

His full-face helmet sheared apart on impact with the landing surface and stopped the forward movement of his head as his body flipped over.

Here’s the Jeremy Lusk crash video. The crash itself is at 2:47 in. Warning: This video may not be suitable for minors as it is quite disturbing:


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