Gary Dimartine and Rickey Bates, BMX Riders Killed in an Auto Accident

A sad time for the BMX family when it was learned that Banned BMX riders Dimartine and Bates were fatally injured in a car accident on their way home to Casselberry, Florida from Interbike in Vegas. The accident occurred outside of Phoenix, AZ late Tuesday night.

Bates, age 23 of Casselberry, was the creator of the Banned videos and was sponsored by The Shadow Conspiracy, Sputnic, Sparky’s Distribution. Banned also made hard goods for bikes and was at Interbike to promote their goods. Dimartine, age 24, was originally from New Jersey and had relocated to Florida to film and ride in the Banned videos with the Banned/Casselberry Crew

There has been a huge outpouring of condolences on Twitter with the #banned tag.

My heartfelt condolences to all of the BMX family and the families of these two amazingly talented, creative guys. It’s always a terrible tragedy when people so young die. What a loss.

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