US jumps jockey dies six months after fall

May 13, 2011

A US steeplechase jockey who was in a coma since a fall last November has died in South Carolina.

The Thoroughbred Times reported that Jorge Torres, 25, died on May 9 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. He had suffered serious injuries in a fall from Class Moon in a race during the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup meeting on November 13 at Springdale Racecourse in South Carolina.

When Class Moon fell in the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial Stakes, Torres suffered a severe concussion, a broken pelvis, and fractures to his back. He was in a coma until his death.

The death of Torres, from Mexico, is the first human fatality in a US steeplechase since James Stump was killed at Delaware Park on July 19, 1977.