A 10-year-old boy died after a crash at a motocross event at Miller Motorsports Park Saturday evening.
The boy, Tyce Olsen of Riverton, was participating in an amateur motocross competition at MMP’s motocross venue at about 6:50 p.m. when he went off a jump and crashed, said Ryan Willden, public information officer for the North Tooele County Fire District.
Medical crews from Miller Motorsports Park initially responded and were soon joined by NTCFD. The boy was transported to a Salt Lake hospital by a medical helicopter.
The boy later died as a result from those injuries in the hospital.
John Gardner, marketing and communications director for Miller Motorsports Park, said the facility’s motocross track was rented out to a private producer, RMX, and the first event of its kind at the park.
“The motorcross track was designed for both professional and amateur use,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve had a full-fledge points-paying event. Other times it’s just [used for] practice.”
Gardner said more than 300 participants registered for more than 500 competition slots — a competitor can sign up for multiple events — and other, less serious injuries were sustained at the race.
“There were some other injuries during the day, they were minor like bumps and bruises and broken bones, until this incident,” he said.
RMX, also known as the Rocky Mountain Motocross Series, is an organization that holds races at various locations throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Attempts to contact RMX for information and comment were unsuccessful at press time.
An item on RMX’s website noted the fatal crash with a picture reading “Tyce Olsen, #86, god speed, rest in peace.”
A statement from Miller Motorsports Park expressed sympathy for Olsen’s family.
“All of us at Miller Motorsports Park extend our sincere condolences to Tyce Olsen’s family on the loss of a young life,” it stated. “Our hearts go out to them during this difficult time.”