The daredevil named Alex Harvill died in Washington while striving to break the longest motorcycle ramp jump record.
The biker Alex crashed his bike while attempting the dangerous stunt in practice, which led to his death. He had a wife, Jessica and two small sons, and a newborn baby. The officials explained that Alex died on Thursday morning while he was practising for the stunt.
A video shows that his motorcycle was landed just a few feet away from the intended spot when he attempted the stunt. He crashed into a dirt mound and had severe injuries.
He was planning to try and break the 107m ramp jump world record by a bike. The attempt was scheduled to happen at the Moses Lake Airshow in front of many spectators.
The area’s local newspaper stated that he appeared to be thrown over the motorcycle bars while landing. Also, his helmet was ejected during the crash. All these misfortunes lead to brutal injuries and hence death.
He was a professional motocross racer and had two jump records of his own. In addition, he worked on a farm as a different day job and was a stunt performer.
His wife, Jessica, was at the air show and said that Alex was practising a lot. In the last two weeks, he practised for the stunt but had not tried to attempt it. Thursday’s attempt was the first time he pushed for the record, and that is when he died while trying.
On his Instagram handle, he shared his excitement for performing the stunt. He also shared pictures of the ramp and a video of the ramp being built.
Statement from the organizers
In an interview held by the organizers of Moses Lake Airshow, Alex said he had loved motorbikes his entire life. He also said that he grew up practising jumps and stunts in the sandbanks.
The sandbanks were at the place where the event was about to be held. The grant county sheriff office shared their deepest sympathies to Alex’s family and friends. A fundraising firm named Gofundme has raised almost $40,000 for the family to help them.