According to multiple reports, Pro BMX dirt bike rider and MTV personality TJ Lavin is showing signs of improvement after an accident during a Las Vegas performance.
Lavin, a veteran rider who had been in a medically induced coma after attempting a dangerous stunt in Las Vegas last week, has reportedly been able to move his hands as per a text his mother sent out. ESPN was the first to report on the text sent by his mother to one of his friends, who in turn informed the media.
"Neuro came and spoke to T.J.," she wrote in the text message. "He moved his hands around and he gave the docs a thumbs up. He is not conscious. He's back on sedation to rest and minimize brain swelling."
The 33-year-old Lavin hosts MTV’s Real World Road Rules Challenge and was most recently in Las Vegas competing in a dirt qualifying round of the Dew Tour Championships. As he attempted a “nac nac” jump combination he was unable to get his feet back on the pedals and ended up crashing. He suffered an orbital fracture on his eye and a fractured right wrist as a result of the fall.
According to all reports, he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Lavin’s business parent, Chris Aday told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he believed the Dew Tour Championships were supposed to be Lavin’s last competition before retirement.
"He kept making comments like, 'Well, this is my last one,'" he told the paper.
MTV has not yet issued a comment on the accident.