An experienced motorcycle stuntman was killed in Washington state while training to attempt a world record jump.
Alex Harvill crashed into a dirt berm during a warm-up jump at the Moses Lake Air Show Thursday. The 28-year-old was thrown from the bike and taken to hospital, where he died.
In a statement, Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said an autopsy would be performed on Friday.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Alex’s family, friends and loved ones,” Jones said.
Video of the crash posted to YouTube was taken down on Friday, although the footage remained on the websites of several local news stations. The site for the weekend airshow at Grant County International Airport still announced details of the record attempt.
Harvill, who was married with two young sons, was already the Guinness World Record holder in the down-to-earth category, having jumped 90.69m (297.6ft) in 2013.
At the Washington event, he was driving a Suzuki 450 as he tried to better compete with Robbie Madison’s 2008 world record in the 106.98m (351ft) distance ramp category.
Harvill was born in California and lived in Ephrata, Washington, next to Lake Moses, with his wife Jessica and their sons Willis, five, and a newborn, Watson.
A GoFundMe call on the runner’s website said Harvill was the sole supplier to the family, thanks to motorcycle stunts and farm work. The site had raised more than $ 42,000 by Friday morning.
In an interview with the Columbia Basin Herald last month, Harvill said he grew up watching motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel and shared his idol’s legacy of “pushing the limits”.
One of Harvill’s last Instagram posts three days before his death featured a photo of his green and yellow motorbike in front of the ramp with the words, “I’m excited to send this thing. “