FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The BMX community is mourning the loss of a brother, friend, and son.
After a tragic accident killed a 15-year-old biker from Huntington.
The teen, Carson Stoffel, was in a BMX tournament in Rockford, Illinois when he crashed.
He trained in Fort Wayne, and Monday folks at the local track paid tribute to Stoffel.
Family and friends tell Fort Wayne’s NBC Stoffel was someone special.
They say he loved racing and never wanted to leave the track.
Monday friends and family at the Fort Wayne BMX track sat silently on the track as they listened to an announcer commemorate what was essentially a final ride.
Stoffel’s uncle, Joel Stoffel was in attendance. He said his nephew was a kid who always made others smile, and worked hard every day to perfect his craft. “There’s not enough time in the day to say all the wonderful things about this kid,” said J. Stoffel.
Stoffel’s friends shared with Fort Wayne’s NBC the type of person the teen was. “He was just so positive all the time and he was so goofy and made everyone laugh,” said Colten King, Stoffel’s friend.
Solomon Goodwin, Stoffel’s friend shared a letter he wrote to his friend saying, “I was very lucky to have had him in my life. I just wanted to say that he will never be forgotten and you will always be missed and greatly appreciated by all of us.”
USA BMX released the following statement from Stoffel’s father:
“My family and I would like to thank the BMX community and our extended family and friends for their outpouring of love and support during our most difficult days. We have confirmed that our son, Carson, passed away on June 16, 2019, as a result of a heart aneurysm which occurred during his race at the Midwest Nationals in Rockford, IL, resulting in the crash. Unfortunately, this incident brought to light an unknown health condition.
Our son loved racing BMX, and it was the sport that gave my son and I the bond we shared. Along with myself and Carson’s brother and sister, we will continue to ride for Carson in his honor.”
The Winnebago County Coroner said Stoffel died from a laceration to the heart.
The coroner told our sister station in Rockford, WREX, Stoffel died as a result of trauma and not from an aneurysm or a medical condition.
The BMX family has started a fundraiser to help Stoffel’s family. If you would like to donate click the link and select the Carson Stoffel Designation.