Motocross rider killed after ‘hard crash’ during race

Angelo Farruggia, 19, was killed in a crash during a race at the Mesquite Motocross MX track in Littlefield, Arizona, Oct. 7, 2018, location and date of photo unspecified | Photo courtesy of GoFundMe, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A motocross rider was killed Sunday following a crash at the Mesquite MX motocross track near the Arizona-Nevada border.

During one of the races held during round eight of the World Off Road Championship motocross race series, a rider “crashed hard” and received “very significant injury,” Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover funeral expenses, the rider is identified as 19-year-old Angelo Farruggia.

From the GoFundMe page:

Angelo Farruggia was so full of life. He loved his family, girlfriend, friends, and racing more than anything. His life was taken too soon, at just 19 years old, at a dirt bike race in Mesquite this past weekend. He passed doing something he loved and thrived at. We are raising money to get his body back from Arizona so he can be with his family again and to throw him a funeral he deserves. If you can give just a little to help out Angelo’s family we would be so grateful. Thank you to everyone who helps out in advance.

The goal on the GoFundMe page is $12,000. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, it had reached nearly $8,100.

An ambulance with the Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District was stationed on standby at the race track, and medics rushed to the scene when the crash occurred, Hunt said. They were soon joined by additional responders from a Mercy Air medical helicopter.

According to what was reported by fire district personnel at the scene, Hunt said it appeared Farruggia possibly got one of his legs “entangled” in the bike somehow and punctured a femoral artery.

Despite the efforts of the emergency responders, Farruggia succumbed to his injury, Hunt said.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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