A stuntman died Thursday after he crashed his motorcycle during a warm-up run for an attempt at a 351-foot world record jump.
Alex Harvill, 28, was preparing to perform the jump at the Moses Lake Airshow in Washington state when his bike came up short, smashing into the dirt landing ramp.
Harvill was airlifted to the hospital after the crash but succumbed to his injuries, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Everyone around there was traumatized by that,” said Debbie Williams, whose son is a friend of Harvill's, according to local CBS affiliate KREM. “I knew coming out here today there would be a chance. I really hoped it wouldn't."
“I’m a nurse, so that, to me, was traumatic,” said Becca Camden, who witnessed the crash. "Watching that, with his helmet coming off…”
"Our sincere condolences go out to the Harvill family and Alex's friends, they are all in our thoughts and prayers," Warren Croyle, spokesman and CEO for stunt outfit Team Knievel, told KREM 2. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that such stunts are to be taken very seriously as the potential for tragedy exists."
Harvill married his wife Jessica in 2019. They have two sons named Willis and Watson.
"While this was obviously a very tragic event that unfolded, Alex was doing what he loved to do," the family told me.
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The county coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy on Friday to confirm the cause and manner of death, the sheriff’s department said.
Harvill has a history of having a go at world records. In 2013, Harvill set a record for the longest dirt-to-dirt stunt by jumping his motorcycle 297 feet in Richland, Washington.
He is survived by his wife Jessica and two sons, Willis and Watson. A GoFundMe page to help the family has raised over $40,000.
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Original Author: Jeremy Beaman
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