Auto Racing / Sports

Texas motorcyclist dies at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin, 54, succumbed to injuries suffered Sunday when he wrecked his 2014 Triumph Daytona 675R moments after crossing the finish line of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Goodin lost control as he slowed on the gravel parking lot atop Pikes Peak.

The accident sent his bike tumbling up into the air with Goodin landing on large rocks downslope to his right.

He was unconscious and motionless when EMTs arrived. They gave the Flower Mound, Texas, resident CPR within 10 minutes and continued to do so until he was taken from the 14,115-foot summit by a Flight For Life helicopter to Penrose Main Hospital. He later died, the El Paso County Sheriff's Department announced about seven hours later.

The helicopter left about an hour after the wreck, which occurred at about 9:10 a.m. The race was delayed about 95 minutes.

Goodin was racing for the second time at the annual event after placing third as a rookie in the 1,250 pro class.

The fatal accident ruined the day for some riders.

"It sucks the joy right out of it," said Dan Elders of Palmer Lake. "They're our compatriots. We all love the same thing. When you lose someone, it hurts."

"It is very sad," said rider Daniel Fernandez of Colombia, who met Goodin during practice.

There are now five deaths associated with the event in its 92 years.

Race official Henry J. Bresciani, 67, of Colorado Springs died in 2005 after he was struck by a car during practice.

The last competitor to die was Ralph Chandler Bruning Jr., 31, who was killed in a 2001 practice when his Super Stock car went off the dirt road at 80 mph and struck a tree by a 20-foot embankment. The car landed on its top and part of the tree entered the car.

In 1982, motorcycle rider Bill Gross died when he was hit by another motorcyclist after he fell from his bike. He died that day from liver injuries.

Driver Wallace Coleman passed away after he was injured during practice in 1921.

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