DPS Pilot, Two BMX Stars, Killed in Head-On Crash

Two BMX stars were killed in a car crash.Two famous members of a BMX team were recently killed in an automobile accident, according to reports.

Two riders from Banned BMX, a Casselberry, Florida-based outfit, were killed in Wickenburg on Tuesday, September 20, according to a report from ESPN. The two athletes, Rickey Bates and Gary Dimartine, were traveling on Highway 93 at the time of the incident, according to police reports.

Prescott News reports that the crash also resulted in the death of a third person. A pilot from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Matthew Uhl, was reportedly the third victim of the alleged crash. Police deputies did not comment as to whether his family had contacted an injury lawyer on their behalf.

Reports indicate Bates and Dimartine endeavored to pass cars on the road while traveling on 93. During their apparent attempt to pass a car, the vehicle they were operating reportedly slammed head-on into an automobile driven by the 46-year-old Uhl.

DPS officials said it did not appear as though either driver was impaired at the time of the accident.

Dimartine and Bates were traveling from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Phoenix. They were reportedly in Las Vegas for Interbike 2011, a show featuring BMX stars. Reports suggest both Bates and Dimartine attended the Las Vegas exhibition to unveil new products from the Banned BMX line at a booth operated by Sparky’s Distribution.

Bates was the founder of the Banned BMX line of products and videos. A DPS report regarding the incident reportedly confirmed the sport utility vehicle (SUV) the BMX stars were driving was allegedly traveling at high speeds.

“A Gray 1995 Ford Explorer, was traveling southbound on US93 at milepost 188,” according to a DPS statement. “The SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed and may have been attempting to pass other vehicles before striking a white Chevrolet Lumina head-on in the northbound lane.”

Uhl was driving in a DPS-owned Chevrolet Lumina. DPS officials asserted Uhl was “a civilian rotary pilot . . . assigned to Kingman Air Rescue.” Further, a report affirmed he was “on his way to Kingman and was scheduled to fly” when he was hit by Dismartine and Bates’ vehicle. His wife and three children survive Uhl, who police reports indicate was pronounced dead on the scene.

Bates was 23 years old, according to reports. He was a Florida resident, and was a member of the Sputnic BMX pro team, as well as the Shadow Conspiracy team. Dimartine was 24 years old, according to DPS officials. He was originally from New Jersey, and had moved often around the Philadelphia metropolitan area and Central Florida.

The families of victims of automobile accidents often contact a personal injury attorney as they seek damages.