Bill Warner was no stranger to high speeds. As the world-record holder for the highest conventional motorcycle speed, Warner had previously topped 311 mph on a motorcycle. Those are speeds that other motorcyclists or drivers of passenger cars could only imagine going, and for good reason. Speed kills. Most of us, even the safest drivers, lack the skills for safe driving at high speeds. Even professionals like Warner are not immune to crashes at high speeds.
Recently, Warner was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was trying to top 300 miles per hour over a distance of just one mile. (His 311 mph record was at a distance of 1.5 miles.) His attempt came at an event on the runway of a former air force base. At the time of the accident, he had completed several passes. Spectators watched as his motorcycle climbed to 285 mph, then veered right, exited the runway and crashed.
It's unclear how fast the motorcyclist was traveling at the time of the crash. He was talking and conscious after the crash, but died at the hospital about an hour and 15 minutes later. The rest of the event was canceled, and police were investigating.
The director of the timed speed event where the fatal motorcycle accident happened says that Warner was a one-of-a-kind racer whose achievements are unsurpassed.
Source: Myfoxla.com, "Fla. motorcycle racer dies after hitting 285 mph," July 15, 2013
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