13-Year-Old Motorcycle Racer Dies in Tragic Accident at Indy

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Peter Lenz, a 13-year-old motorcycle rider, fell off his bike during a warm-up lap for the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He was then run over by another motorcycle, driven by a 12-year-old, and died from blunt force trauma hours later, Sports Illustrated reports.

Yesterday, a message signed by "Dad" appeared on the athlete's Facebook wall. "Peter passed away early this morning when he was apparently struck by another rider. He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track. The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. #45 is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo."

Peter earned his "expert" license from the American Federation of Motorcyclists at age 11, and in March 2009, he became the youngest rider ever to win an AFM race. This year, the teen rider competed in the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series and had four wins and five podium finishes under his belt.Peter Lenz, a 13-year-old motorcycle rider, fell off his bike during a warm-up lap for the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He was then run over by another motorcycle, driven by a 12-year-old, and died from blunt force trauma hours later, Sports Illustrated reports.
Peter's unfortunate death has raised questions among the racing community about whether teens should be competing in the sport, but proponents of young riders say that racing is not unlike other dangerous sports such as football and gymnastics. What do you think? Should teens be able to race motorcycles competitively or is age just a number? %Poll-52079%

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