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(Reuters) - Professional motorcycle racer Dane Westby, 28, was killed in a Tulsa, Oklahoma street crash when the motorcycle he was riding jumped a curb and hit a concrete wall and utility pole, police said on Wednesday.
Westby, who won his first motorcycle race at the age of seven and has been a rising star on the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Pro Racing circuit, died at a Tulsa hospital after the Monday night crash.
"Dane was a true champion, on and off the track, and one of the brightest stars in the paddock," AMA Pro Racing said in a statement.
Police gave no details on what caused the crash.
Known as "The Wolverine," Westby finished the 2014 season with a third place finish at a September race in New Jersey, according to AMA Pro Racing.
Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Susan Heavey