Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies after X Games crash

Caleb Moore, 25, was a snowmobiler at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. A week ago he was in a crash and Thursday he died from the injuries.

SportsCenter tweeted, ”X-Games athlete Caleb Moore has died after injuries sustained in snowmobile freestyle event. Thoughts & prayers go out to his family.”

USA Today reports that the family has declined to release the details of the injuries. When Moore crashed he was participating in the freestyle competition where riders have 75 seconds to make a series of jumps.

Late in the run he was attempting a backflip and under rotated his sled and did not get far enough down the landing ramp. The skiis of the snowmobile landed but on the edge that knocked Moore off. The skiis then landed on Moore as he slid down the rest of the ramp.

ESPN said in a press release, ”We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten, and the entire Moore family. He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community.”

ESPN also said that they are going to look into the snowmobile regulations and review them and make appropriate changes to keep the rides safe.

ABC News reports that this is the first death in the Winter X Games. Moore walked off after the accident but he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. He had emergency surgery after it was discovered that there was bleeding around the heart.

The family did release some information noting, ”His cardiac injury has led to a secondary complication involving his brain.”

Colten Moore, Caleb’s younger brother, also competes with snowmobiles in the X Games and crashed. He was taken to the hospital with a separated pelvis that will not require surgery.

An online fundraiser was set up to help the Moore family pay for medical bills, as of this writing there has been $28,993 raised.