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June 8, 2014

#173 did what he loved to the finish line

Austin Mincey’s motto: ‘Life’s too short, grip it and rip it’

Bethelridge, Ky. —

At the too-young age of 14, Austin Lane Mincey passed away this past week. If there is ever a silver lining in such a tragedy, however, it is this: Mincey died doing what he loved. And that’s something that — if anything ever could — brings a bit of solace to those who loved him. 
At the too-young age of 14, Austin Lane Mincey passed away this past week.
If there is ever a silver lining in such a tragedy, however, it is this: Mincey died doing what he loved. And that’s something that — if anything ever could — brings a bit of solace to those who loved him.
“If he was going to pass away, he would have wanted to be on his dirt bike,” said Mincey’s father Tim.
Austin Mincey of Bethelridge, Ky., located in Casey County, only a couple miles over the border line with Pulaski County, died on Tuesday, June 3, as a result of an accident  that occurred while he was competing in a motocross event in Crawfordsville, Ind.
According to published reports in the Journal Review newspaper that services Crawfordsville, Austin was flown to the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis following the wreck at the Tom’s Marine MX track and died at 1:51 a.m. Tuesday, having been taken off of life support.
Tim said that Austin crashed at the finish line after going over a “roller’ to slow his momentum, landing on his head. He was wearing all the necessary protective gear at the time, noted his father, including “the best helmets, neck brace, knee brace.” But yet, the worst still happened.
“Instantly, I knew he was unconscious,” said Tim. “I wasn’t 50 feet away from him, I knew instantly that it was bad.”
Austin loved riding his bike more than anything, according to his father, and had been virtually inseparable from the vehicle since he was 6 years old. Austin first became a motocross fan due to being around some of his father’s co-workers at United Rail Service in Pulaski County, who also raced.

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