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Man killed during illegal soapbox race

March 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A man was killed on Sunday when his homemade soapbox racer spun out of control.Witnesses say Michael Joseph Garcia, 22, of Sun Valley, was a member of a group called the San Fernando Valley Illegal Soapbox Federation.

The group held a race Sunday where the deadly crash happened.

The racers met around 7:00 A.M. near Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana.

Shortly after the race began, Garcia racer lost control of his soapbox and crashed into a parked car, witnesses said.

Police say Garcia suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital where he died. Garcia was wearing a helmet, but it's unclear if it was properly secured as it flew off upon impact, police said.

The group calls themselves the Illegal Soapbox Federation because its races technically pose a "public safety risk." The soapbox racers can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and can become difficult to control, despite the cars' brakes.

 

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