updated 10/18/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/18/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
It was supposed to be TJ Lavin’s swan song, his final ride as a professional BMX rider. But the ride during the Dew Tour that landed the MTV host in a hospital Thursday with a medically-induced coma was also one he didn’t want to do, several friends told PEOPLE.
Lavin, 33, was shaken up one day prior to his crash after friend and fellow BMX rider Ty Pinney was severely injured after crashing his own bike in Lavin’s backyard bike course in Las Vegas. Pinney is currently in a coma, a mere five hospital beds away from Lavin.
“TJ was devastated,” Lavin’s and Pinney’s friend Oliver Abbas said.