went to the SX then come home and find out about this fatality. i then log on to my local forum only to find out a rider had died at races at one of our local Socal tracks, i dont know him, but a lot of people i know did- LA old timer Dave Williams.
Very sad!:( My condolances. The article was obviously written by a NON motorcycle person. The explanations of the course and preventative measures was weak showing that the reporter was only on the story because of the unfortunate death of a racer.
"There was a rider fatality yesterday at the San Diego Supercross. Riverside, California's Jason Ciarletta suffered fatal injuries in a first-turn accident in the Saturday-afternoon qualifiers at Qualcomm Stadium. Ciarletta tangled with another rider, went over the berm, and endoed to the ground. Despite the best efforts of trackside medical personnel, including the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit, his life could not be saved. Ciarletta was pronounced dead later Saturday night at a San Diego area hospital. He was 19 years old.
This marks the first fatality in the 31-year history of AMA Supercross."
There are lots of rumors on the web. I've seen claims ranging from broken neck to ruptured aorta to a cut jugular vein as the cause of Jason's demise. An autopsy is due to be performed tomorrow. I hope there is a report available to us.
It's truly sad that someone so young lost his life. I'd like to extend my condolences to his family.
It would be a great show of support for the family if a lot of riders could be at the funeral. I know everyone has busy schedules but if our SoCal Chapter members could find a way to make a showing as a delagation of DRN would show international support and sincere sympathy to his family. Just a thought.
How did the aeorta get ruptered?? If its in the chest that would mean a massive blow to the chest?? Perhaps hitting a peice of track maintenance equipment? Seing that he more than likely launched over the berm on the first corner as it said he overshot the corner he more than likely javelined into something?