Somehow, we missed this one earlier this month.
According to CycleNews, former motorcycle champ Jason Aguilar died following a fall while mountain biking with friends in Laguna Beach on Saturday, February 5th.
He was just 25 years old.
Aguilar, the 2017 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion, was rushed into surgery to relieve bleeding on the brain, but suffered catastrophic brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.
He was kept on life support until February 8th so his organs could be harvested for transplantation to others.
Close to a hundred mountain bikers later turned out for a ride in Aguilar’s honor.
This is at least the 19th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 5th that I’m aware of in Orange County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Jason Aguilar and his loved ones.
Thanks to Bill Sellin for the heads-up.