BMX Rider’s Horrifying Fall During Circus Act Captured on Video

iStock/Thinkstock(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- A BMX rider was performing as part of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Extreme act in Fairfax, Virginia, Thursday when a stunt went terribly wrong.

On video captured by an audience member, the cyclist wearing the yellow helmet can be seen doing a few runs and tricks before falling while mid-air and landing on his head.

His body can be seen lying motionless on the ground as the audience sits stunned in their seats, some with cellphone cameras still rolling capturing the scene.

First responders were brought in to treat the BMX rider, who has not been identified, as the show initially continued around him. But after several minutes, the audience was cleared out.

Afterward, Ringling Bros. said in a statement that the male performer had "received immediate medical attention and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation."

Stephen Payne, vice president of corporate communications for Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros., declined to comment on the extent of the performer's injuries or provide an update on his condition.

"I cannot confirm any of the information you list [regarding] his medical treatment, injuries or which hospital he is at," Payne said. "He is receiving medical care and we are all hoping for a speedy recovery. ... Out of privacy for our performer and his family we are not releasing his name or any other information at this time."

On its website, Ringling Bros. described its BMX-riding act as an "adrenaline-charged performance" in which "daredevils zip, dash and spin as they crisscross the arena floor, performing heroic half-pipe tricks, stunning 360-degree flips, hands-free jumps and much more."

The website said the riders ranged from an X Games champion to championship bike riders coming from the world of competitive BMX.

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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