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Motocross rider killed at Pinellas Park track

A 20-year-old motocross rider was killed Tuesday evening at a Pinellas Park race track, police said.

Police and rescue personnel were called about 7:08 p.m. to Sunshine Motocross, 4300 126th Ave., after two riders had gotten into a collision.

Dale J. Boorman, of Bermuda, was declared dead at the scene. The other rider, Matthew Gardner, 23, of Lakeland, did not suffer any serious injuries, police said.

Police said Boorman was riding his motorbike north along the inside of the 1.5-mile† track. Gardner was riding south along the outside edge of the track and made a jump just prior to a turn in the track. As Gardner went airborne, his motorbike hit Boorman in the head and upper body, police said

The Pinellas County medical examiner's office is investigating the death, and police are treating the case as an accidental death.

†“The passing of Dale Boorman is a tragedy and on behalf of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party, we extend condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Boorman," Bermuda Shadow Sports Minister Michael Weeks said in a statement. "The family has lost a loved one, the motocross world has lost a key member of their sporting fraternity and Bermuda has lost an up-and-coming talent.”

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