sokalski1 e1281539656725 Michigan Motocross Racer Dies

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“She was number one up here.  She was unbeatable.” That’s how relatives describe a champion motocross rider from Michigan who has died from her injuries in a recent race. 

Nineteen-year-old Ashlee Sokalski of Chesterfield Township, the state’s top women’s motocross rider, was competing in the National Amateur Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, west of Nashville, Tennessee. 

Her 17-year old sister, Amanda, explains what happened in last week’s race.  “She got tangled with someone in the air, and she fell, but she was actually getting back up and someone hit her,” she said.

After driving down to Tennessee, Amanda returned to Michigan after her sister began showing signs of improvement.  But, when doctors noticed Ashlee taking turns for the worst, Amanda flew down to be by her sister’s side.

“I went in and saw her, and I knew it was bad.  We all thought she was going to pull through.  She fought really hard.  I just couldn’t believe it,” Sokalski said.

Amanda arrived at the hospital just minutes before her sister
died.  “Her heart rate was under 30 for about three hours.  She waited for me and she heard my voice and she went right away,” Sokalski said.

Amanda says she and her sister had raced for seven years because it was in their blood.  “I was ten and she was twelve.  My dad, he used to ride a lot.  He used to ride us around in the yard on his dirt bikes and we just kind of got into it.  We love it.”

Amanda says they’ll organize a benefit for Ashlee, and after a victory lap, she’ll park her racing bike for good.

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  1. Liz says:

    Sincere sympathy to Ashlee’s family. May the love of God comfort you in this time of tragic loss.

  2. Mike maxwell says:

    Ashlee’s aunt Wendy Wooten is a member of our church here in Ft Myers. Please know that we have noted this amoung our 700 members and are praying for your family.

  3. Kenny Angel says:

    Amanda & family: You and I met at Holiday Inn Nashville, the Friday after Ashlee’s crash. After we talked, our local Nashville songwriters community was working toward doing a benefit concert for you and your family’s travel expenses during Ashlee’s hoped-for recovery. My sincere sympathies to you and your family in your tremendous loss. Always keep Ashlee’s memory alive in your hearts and the hearts of your family and friends. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Gary says:

    Amanda. I cannot say I know how you feel but I do feel deep sympathy for you and your family. I have been riding and racing dirt bikes for more than 45 years. I regret you have made a choice to park your racing bike for good. Accidents happen in all walks of life. We cannot stop what we are doing because someone close to us had an accident doing the same thing. Life goes on. Please rethink your decision. My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family.

  5. Jeff says:

    I’m very sorry to hear any story like that and may God bless your family through this time of grief and always remember all of the good times your family has had with Ashlee.

    God Bless The Sokalski Family.

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