08/30/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Indianapolis, IN—A 13-year-old motorcyclist tragically lost his life at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, August 29, 2010. The young teen was the youngest driver/rider ever killed at the speedway, which is over a century old, according to information provided by the Associated Press.
Reports indicated Peter Lenz was in the middle of a warmup lap for the first race of the day when he fell of his motorcycle. As the teen from Vancouver, Washington was lying on the pavement, another bike ran him over. A 12-year-old was apparently riding the motorcycle that ran Lenz over.
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel rushed Lenz to an area hospital, though his severe injuries proved fatal a few hours later. The Marion County coroner’s officer deemed his cause of death to be blunt force trauma.
Following his unfortunate death, Peter’s father reportedly posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“Peter passed away early this morning when he was apparently struck by another rider… He passed doing what he loved and has his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track… The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. 45 [the number of Peter’s motorcycle] is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo. –Dad.”
While Peter Lenz was indeed young, he reportedly earned the “expert” license from the American Federation of Motorcyclists at age 11. He also became the youngest motorcyclist to ever win an AFM race in March 2009. Lenz also had four wins in the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series this year.
Lenz was also no stranger to bike wrecks. Lenz was forced to undergo surgery after suffering four broken bones and a severed radial nerve in a serious motorcycle crash last season. Nonetheless, he went on to do what he loved doing.
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