Tell me you don't remember hearing stories about Evel Knievel and all his silly motorcycle jumps!
He failed to jump the Snake River aboard something he called the SkyCycle back in the day. I'd have to do the internet research to obtain the exact date and the details. He apparently drifted into the canyon when one of the parachutes deployed ahead of schedule and made the bike go too slow to make it all the way across.
I'm only a couple years older than you...don't rub it in! All the little kids in my neighborhood used to pedal around their bicycles pretending to do death-defying jumps. I remember the boys acting like they were Evel Knievel and "breaking" another bone in their arm or leg and the girls pretending to be nurses to fix them.
That guy crashed more than he successfully completed stunts.