…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Simon Mitchell, a talented photographer, lost his life in a “freak accident” while capturing images at a race in Foxhill Motocross, Swindon.
During the race, a rider fell off their bike, which then struck Mr. Mitchell and a marshal in their 60s.
While the marshal sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive, Mr. Mitchell tragically passed away.
The incident led to the cancellation of the Revo ACU British Motocross Championship’s third round.
Analyzing the Incident:
The fatal accident occurred when an unmanned bike veered off the track after the rider was dismounted following a jump.
The bike collided with Mr. Mitchell, causing his untimely death.
The Wiltshire Police confirmed the incident, expressing condolences to Mr. Mitchell’s family and emphasizing their support for his loved ones during this difficult time.
Remembering Simon Mitchell:
The Foxhill track, where the accident took place, shared a heartfelt tribute to Mr. Mitchell on their Facebook page.
Describing him as a brilliant photographer and a passionate motocross enthusiast, the tribute acknowledged his significant contributions to the VMXdN Foxhill team over the years.
His photographs, which have adorned social media pages and the website, captured cherished memories and became an integral part of the motocross community.
The Foxhill track expressed their deep sadness and highlighted Mr. Mitchell’s positive personality, always willing to help others.
They acknowledged his pride in having his photograph as the original image behind last year’s Mike Brown Merch T-shirt.
The motocross community and the entire VMXdN Team mourned the loss of Simon Mitchell, recognizing his impact and the void left by his absence.
The motocross community and photography industry are mourning the tragic loss of Simon Mitchell, a talented photographer who lost his life in a “freak accident” at Foxhill Motocross.
This incident serves as a reminder of the risks involved in such events and the importance of safety measures.
The tributes pouring in highlight Mr. Mitchell’s passion for motocross and his significant contributions to capturing memorable moments in the sport.
The motocross community, along with his family and friends, grieve the loss of a talented photographer and a beloved individual.