According to a post on the Metal Mulisha site, Jeff “Ox” Kargola passed away today while riding his dirt bike with friends and family outside of San Felipe in the 2011 Rip to the Tip ride. According to the post on MetalMulisha.com, Kargola was attended to by medical personnel on site and was transported via helicopter to the San Felipe hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.
He passed early this afternoon with his best friends Cameron Steele, Ryan Hagy, Chad Peebles, Ryan Cropley, Rich Niggemann, Mark Moss and Trigger Gumm.
Kargola was a two-time winner of the SCORE San Felipe 250 (most recently this year at the 2011 race with teammate Colton Udall), winner of an AMA District 37 night race last year, competitor in the 2010 X Games (where he competed in Step Up) and recent winner of Round 2 of the Super Lite class on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
“Words can’t express the emotions I am feeling. I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente,” said Cameron Steele.
The Metal Mulisha site noted that more information will be released soon on arrangements for Jeff “Ox” Kargola. Kargola was 27 years old and lived in San Clemente, California.
Source: Metal Mulisha