Tuesday, June 18, 2013
What was supposed to be BMX biker T.J. Lavin's last ride turned into a life-threatening crash that left the 33-year-old in a coma. The MTV fixture and host of Real World/Road Rules Challenge suffered critical injuries during the qualifying run of the Dew Tour Championship in Las Vegas. Lavin flew over a dirt ramp and crashed to the ground when his feet couldn't get to the pedals in time. He became airborne and was unresponsive when crew and friends got to him. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the injury. Coincidentally, Lavin's friend suffered the same injuries the day before and is hospitalized just five beds away from Lavin. The accident left the BMX veteran with a broken eye socket and a shattered wrist, along with serious swelling of the brain. He was placed in a medically induced coma to help relieve the swelling on the brain but is since out as his condition continues to improve. Lavin had planned on retiring, and this would have been his last run. Friend and business partner Chas Aday told Lavin's fans not to count him out: "He'll be OK and back to it. He's a fighter." MTV issued the following statement about Lavin, "Our thoughts are with TJ. He is an important part of MTV's extended family and we're all praying for him."