A professional motorcycle stunt rider was killed on Sunday morning when his motorcycle suffered mechanical failure and caused him to miss his landing.
32 year-old Jim “The Real Deal” McNeil was in Fort Worth on the Texas Motor Speedway practicing for an exhibition that would take place later that day. Witnesses say they heard the motorcycle sputtering during his jump. McNeil was taken to Fort Worth Hospital, where he died an hour later of severe blunt force trauma to his chest and neck.
McNeil competed in five X-Games and was a part of the Boost Mobile FMX team for nearly a decade. The tour manager for the event says deaths are very rare in the sport, and that this is the first death in fourteen years.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.