Texas man killed during St. Louis boat race

Monday, June 22, 2009 | 3:03 p.m. CDT; updated 3:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 22, 2009

CREVE COEUR — A Texas man has died after losing control of his drag boat while racing on a St. Louis-area lake.

Organizers of the Budweiser Creve Coeur Lake Drag Boat Classic say Jim Tucker was driving at about 140 mph in a qualifying round of the event Saturday when his boat lurched violently and crashed.

Fred Welshans, president of the St. Louis Drag Boat Association, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Tucker was an experienced boat racer and it appeared to have been a tragic accident.

Organizers said it was the first death in the event's 30-year history.

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