Motorcycle crashes, kills boy at E. Wash. race

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EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) -- Grant County authorities say a 5-year-old boy who was watching a motocross race in the Eastern Washington town of Ephrata is dead after a motorcycle crashed and struck him.

Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo says 29-year-old motocross rider John J. Smith lost control of his motorcycle while racing at Ephrata Raceway Park Saturday evening. Smith became separated from the motorcycle, which struck the boy.

Ponozzo says the boy, who was not identified, was sitting on a bicycle watching the race with his family from the track's inner field. The race happened on a dirt field inside the track. The boy was pronounced dead at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.