A tragic accident this weekend takes the life of a Lubbock teen.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with the house supervisor at Covenant Medical Center late Monday night who told us that 14-year-old Brandon Byrd passed away.
Byrd suffered fatal injuries in a motocross event on Sunday. Authorities say Byrd did a jump on his dirt bike, then came down and landed on his head. He was riding in a motocross event at Veretto Motocross Park. The park, also known as Steel Roost MX Park, is northwest of Levelland in Hockley County.
Byrd attends Irons Middle School in Lubbock. By Monday night his friends had filled his myspace web page with condolence messages.
The Hockley County Sheriff's Office says they're still investigating, but it looks like this is a tragic accident. The father of an Amarillo motocross rider knows all to well how that feels.
"He knew his limits of what he could do and couldn't do. He wore everything from knee braces to the best helmet you can by, and it was just a freak wreck," Gerald Cathey told NewsChannel 11 in August of 2007.
Cathey's son Todd died last August after a wreck at TNT Raceway in Idalou. The 17-year-old went over a jump, lost control and also suffered a severe head injury. He died the next day at University Medical Center.
Experts across the motocross circuit say safety is key, and the right gear is crucial. (Click here) for specific safety tips, and equipment suggestions.
Covenant tells us that Byrd was an organ donor and that his family is donating his organs.
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