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Motorcycle racer dies after crash

5/13/2012

WARSAW, Poland -- British speedway motorcycle rider Lee Richardson has died of severe injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Poland. He was 33.

Richardson's British team Lakeside Hammers confirmed the death on its website Sunday.

The crash took place in the western Polish city of Wroclaw. Richardson, who had competed in Poland over the past 13 years, was racing for PGE Marma Rzeszow against Betard Sparta Wroclaw when the accident happened.

Polish state broadcaster TVP showed images of his motorcycle flipping and Richardson being thrown off onto the track, apparently after he had collided into a safety fence.

TVP said he was taken to a hospital with internal bleeding and other injuries, and that doctors operated but were unable to save him.