Controversy Begins to Swirl Over Death Of 13-Year-Old Racer - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Controversy Begins to Swirl Over Death Of 13-Year-Old Racer

FOXNEWS.COM - The motorcycle racing community is mourning the death of a promising 13-year-old rider in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while defending the youth circuit that allows teens to drive vehicles that can top 120 mph. Now controversy is swirling if these kids are too young to race in such a dangerous sport.

Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Wash., fell off his bike during the warmup lap for Sunday's first race at Indianapolis and was run over by another motorcycle, driven by a 12-year-old. Medical workers immediately placed Lenz in a neck brace, put him on a stretcher and began chest compressions while taking him to a hospital. He died several hours later.

The Marion County coroner's office said Lenz died from blunt force trauma. More details could be released Monday following an autopsy on the youngest driver or rider ever killed at the 101-year-old speedway.

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