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1985 speedboat accident at Irvine Lake

1985 speedboat accident at Irvine Lake

April 21, 1985: Two spectators comfort each other after a drag-race speedboat, at left, veered out of control and plunged ashore into the crowd on a bank of Irvine Lake in Orange County, killing a 9-year-old girl.

The next day’s Los Angeles Times reported, “Screaming spectators scattered as they saw the boat veering toward them, witnesses said. The 1,200-horsepower racing boat was traveling about 45 m.p.h. when it ran ashore approximately a quarter of a mile beyond the finish line about 12:15 p.m., according to spectators.”

The accident occurred during the second day of racing at the Coors’ Championship Drag Boat competition.

This photo by staff photographer Thomas Kelsey appeared on Page 1 of the April 22, 1985, Los Angeles Times.

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