BMX pro rider T.J. Lavin seriously injured in crash

Posted: October 16, 2010 by The STR in Uncategorized
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A professional BMX rider remained hospitalized Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, after he suffered injuries in a horrific crash during a qualifying run, officials said.

Lavin, 33, of Las Vegas, was rushed to University Medical Center after Thursday’s accident at the three-day Dew Tour Championship. Video showed Lavin soaring high over a dirt ramp before crashing to the ground.

“T.J. is an important member of the Dew Tour family — the Tour, athletes and action sports industry are all keeping him in our thoughts and prayers,” race officials said in a statement.

Lavin’s mother told CNN affiliate KTNV that Lavin broke his eye socket and wrist, and is in a medically-induced coma to reduce swelling on his brain. She said she’s confident her son, a veteran of the pro dirt circuit, will pull through.

A message left at the hospital was not immediately returned Saturday.

Lavin, the host of MTV’sReal World/Road Rules Challenge” program, has won the gold at several X Games and has produced a music album, according to MTV.

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