Racer dies after three-boat incident at Wake the Lake at Clark County Fairgrounds

By Natalie Jones - Springfield News-Sun, Ohio (TNS)

A boat racing competitor at Wake the Lake 4 at the Clark County Fairgrounds died as the result of an incident Sunday during the final race.

Tracy Hawkins, a 60-year-old racer from Texas, was flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital but died after he was involved in a three-boat incident at Champions Park Lake, Clark County Fairgrounds Executive Director Dean Blair said.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christina Evans-Fisher explained that two boats collided first and then one of the two boats collided with a third boat.

“It was at the beginning of the race and they had just taken off (from the starting point),” Evans-Fisher said.

According to a statement on The American Power Boat Association (APBA) Facebook page, “The other competitors involved in the incident, Fred Durr and Dylan Anderson, are doing well and have only sustained minor bruises.”

Spectators were not injured as a result of this incident, Evans-Fisher added.

“Our thoughts are with Tracy’s entire family, his friends, and all of APBA as we mourn this loss together,” the statement added.

Blair explained that Hawkins had been to previous Wake the Lakes. Last year, he appeared in the driver’s parade and had gained several fans and friends from Clark County, Blair said.

“Tracy is not a spring chicken to this sport,” Blair said. “He’s a legend in this sport.”

This is the first fatal accident that has happened during Wake the Lake at Champions Park Lake, Blair explained. In previous years, there has been accidents that sent a few competitors to area hospitals.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, this incident remains under investigation as they continue to review additional video footage.


By Natalie Jones

Springfield News-Sun, Ohio (TNS)

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