A fatal crash by a motorcycle racer forced organizers of the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to cancel the rest the event's qualifying and practice for the day. The accident reportedly happened somewhere between the Devil's Playground area and the top of the course before 9:00 AM local time, according to The Gazette newspaper.
At this time, the rider's identity has not been released, but the county coroner confirmed to The Gazette that he was called to the scene. Other riders noticed the person was missing when they set off together on a practice run, but one of them did not make it to the finish. Autoblog spoke to a race official who said that an official announcement of what happened would be released around 2:00 PM local time.
This rider is the sixth person to be fatally injured while competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In 2014, motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin lost his life in a crash during the race. Before him, the last death was in 2005.
The Gazette also reports that as many as six people may have been hit by lightning at the event while sitting in a vehicle, but at least five of them were cleared by medical personnel.
June 25, 2015
The collective hearts of the Colorado Springs community and the Board of Directors of The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, share the grief and pain of Carl Sorensen's family, friends and fans over his untimely death.
Throughout the 92 years that this unique race has been conducted on America's Mountain, we have experienced the ultimate joy in triumph, the disappointment of failure and now, the unexpected heartbreak of the loss of a competitor, whose love of the race brought him to Pikes Peak. We mourn the tragic death of Carlton and he will be in all of our hearts this Sunday for the 93rd Race to the Clouds.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend with a tremendous sense of humor and a passion for racing.
He left our lives while doing something that he loved, and it is the only thing that has the ability to deal with the reality of life, the acceptance of the competitors of the dangers in the race, and the heart and soul of a great man.
With our deepest condolences,
The Family of Carl Sorensen and Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb