(AP) — An organizer has blamed mechanical failure for a wreck that led to a motorcycle stunt rider's death after a crash during practice for an exhibition at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jim McNeil of Phoenix died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Tour manager Cory Stem with Freestylemx.com said Monday that the company determined unknown an mechanical failure caused the accident.
Stem told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( ) that McNeil came up short on the landing. Witnesses had heard the engine running poorly.
McNeil was practicing outside the TMS gates. He was preparing to do an exhibition for a sponsor and wasn't part of the track's official program of events before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
A coroner says McNeil died of blunt-force trauma to the chest and neck.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com