Marty Smith, Motocross legend, passed away along with his wife in California

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

A motocross legend passed away recently. Marty Smith and his wife, Nancy, were killed in a dune buggy accident in California, according to TMZ Sports

Smith was 63. The age of his wife was not announced. 

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An official cause of death has not been announced yet. 

The authorities said that the Smith’s were in an accident at the Imperial Sand Dunes. Their dune buggy rolled down the hill following the initial accident. 

TMZ Sports is reporting that nearly one had the entire protective safety gear on. He was not wearing any safety gear, while she just had a lap belt on. 

The story says that Marty passed away at the scene. His wife passed away at a local hospital after being airlifted there. 

“It’s with the heaviest, grieving heart that I have to tell you Marty and Nancy Smith we’re killed yesterday in a rollover accident in his dune buggy at the imperial sand dunes,” Lee Ramage said in a social media post. “My wife, Tammi and I were in the buggy and were unhurt. We spent at least an hour trying to save their lives before first responders arrived. Marty took his last breath while I was holding his head, keeping his airway clear.”

“Marty was my best friend and I tried with everything in me to save him while Tammi tried to save Nancy. There is so much to know about this man and how he wanted to leave this earth when God called him him. Please keep his children, Jillyin, Brooke and Tyler and all his grandkids in your prayers.”

Marty competed from 1974 through 1981. Yet, while he was retired, he still remained in the sport as a coach. 

He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in 2000.

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