BMX biker and host of the MTV reality show ‘The Challenge’ TJ Lavin attempted a gnarly jump yesterday evening at the Dew Tour Event in Las Vegas, but the stunt went horribly wrong. In the crash video you see Lavin take off from a dirt ramp and achieve some major air, but midway through it appears as if he lost his balance as a result of not being able to reach the bike’s pedals, which caused him to land lopsidedly. The high velocity of the impact caused TJ to fly off of the bike, and his body slammed against the ground. Immediately bystanders and the event’s crew rushed to his aid only to find him nearly lifeless.
He was quickly rushed to the hospital, where in order to minimize brain-swelling doctors purposely induced him into a coma. Reportedly, he is also suffering from both broken wrist and ribs.
A sympathetic spokesperson for MTV released the following statement earlier today:
“Our thoughts are with TJ. He is an important part of MTV’s extended family and we’re all praying for him.”
Just because of this tragic accident don’t think for one second that TJ Lavin was an amateur BMX biker by any means. In his career he has won silver and two gold medals at the X Games.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his fans, friends, and family.