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August 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Teen dirt-bike racer fatally injured at Kent track

Dirt-bike rider, Chase Stancil, 15, was fatally injured at Pacific Raceways in Kent Wednesday night. He lost control of his bike during practice, fell and was hit by another rider immediately. Track medics responded within seconds, and Stancil was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he died.

The accident happened on the straightaway after a very small bump in the track, Pacific Raceways vice-president of resource development Alicia Hall said.

“This was one of those situations where truly nothing could have been done to change it,” she said, even though she wishes the accident could have been prevented.

Racetrack president, Jason Fiorito, wrote a statement on the Pacific Raceways website today.

“Our entire Pacific Raceways’ staff and volunteers are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our racing community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  We remain committed to keeping this sport as safe as possible.”

The track will observe a moment of silence at 6:45 p.m. before Friday’s race and make available an on-site chaplain to support attendees and staff, according to the statement.

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