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Sunday, Sep 28 2008 06:00 PM

Racer dies at Lake Ming boat drag races

By The Bakersfield Californian

An Arizona man died after his boat flipped at 110 mph during a race on Lake Ming Sunday morning.

Stephen Todd Rawleigh, 51, crashed at about 9:30 a.m. He was removed to an ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at about 10 a.m.

Rawleigh was coming out of a turn at 110 to 115 mph when his boat rolled and flipped, coming to rest upside down, according to a news release from the Kern County Coroner’s office.

Rawleigh was properly outfitted with a racing suit, helmet and flotation device, and was properly restrained.

His boat was a flat-bottomed 19-foot vessel with a 427 Chevy engine.

After the accident, the races at Lake Ming continued, said Kern County Park Ranger Mike Marler.

“It always does,” he said. “It’s a pretty big event.”

He said the races usually stop about 4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on how often the course has to be closed for maintenance or accidents.

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