Former NASCAR Driver Travis Pastrana Injured In Parachute Stunt

FORMER NASCAR driver Travis Pastrana suffered a broken pelvis after a parachute stunt went wrong.

The stuntman, 38, was hospitalized after jumping from a downtown hotel to Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday.

Article by Chris Bradford, The Sun / Photo Credit: Alamy

Pastrana, who was filming a web series, tried to gain control of his parachute after jumping from the top of the hotel.

Footage shows the daredevil rapidly gaining speed before crash-landed on the grass.

Pastrana’s publicist told WSVN that the stuntman suffered a broken pelvis and underwent surgery.

They said the daredevil is “excited to get home and heal up”, according to reporter Frank Guzman.

Stephen Gollan, Ft. Lauderdale Fire Chief, told TMZ: “A stunt during that event did not go as planned resulting in a hard landing of a parachutist that jumped from the Hyatt Hotel.”

Days before the accident, Pastrana was seen performing stunts and drifts as part of a video shoot in the Upper Keys.

He told Keys Weekly: “Like always we have some people who are just so excited. We had one lady who found out we were here and drove 200 miles to come down.”

Pastrana is renowned for competing in the X Games and won his first gold medal in 1999.

He’s been a champion in four disciplines including Freestyle, Best Trick, Speed & Style, and Rally Car Racing.

In 2016, he told Mpora: “I always wanted to make a living riding dirt bikes. I enjoy racing. I enjoy hating other competitors.

“I enjoy convincing myself that they beat up my grandma and I’m, going to knock them down and I’m going to win the race.”

He first competed in Nascar in 2011 where he achieved a sixth-place finish.

Pastrana decided to retire at the end of the 2013 season before competing in the Nascar Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

The daredevil runs a show called Nitro Circus which features him and his friends riding dirtbikes and performing stunts.

He also performed three of Evel Knievel’s famous jumps without injury in Las Vegas in 2018.

He completed a jump over 52 cars, a second stunt over 16 buses, and one jump over the fountain in front of the iconic Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino.

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