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Family friend speaks about boy who died in motocross accident

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 23:55:12-04

RIVERTON -- The friends of a 10-year-old boy from Riverton killed in a motocross race this weekend said he lived a remarkable life before it was cut short.

Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, authorities were called to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele for reports of an injury. That’s where emergency responders found Tyce Olsen, a young racer with great promise, unconscious.

Tyce was taken by medical helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced legally dead on Sunday morning.

“It's definitely hard, definitely too young,” said family friend and neighbor, Ryan Allred.

By the age of 10, Tyce had won more and done more than his friends and family could ever have imagined.

“The talent this child had was truly amazing, truly amazing,” Allred said. “We went to his house to bring multiple trophies. It's in the hundreds. We couldn't bring them all. We picked the ones that were the most important to Tyce, as well as his family and his father.”

Allred was watching on Saturday night as the young motocross racer was competing for another trophy when he lost control during his last run of the day.

"It was kind of a random, freak thing,” Allred said. “He came off that. He went over the bars and suffered a brain injury at that point.”

After it was clear he would not survive, Tyce’s family decided to donate his organs.

“Tyce would have wanted that,” said Allred.

Despite the loss, Allred and others are counting the blessings from the short the life the boy did live.

“He would have been a pro motocross racer for sure,” Allred said, “That was his dream. That was his life.”