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Thanks to the PRODIGY BB. Driver killed in speedway accident MADERA, Calif. , Apr 7, 1997 - Race driver Tom Boune was killed when his midget car struck the wall in a turn and flipped during a weekend race at Madera Speedway. Boune, 33,...

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Driver killed in speedway accident

MADERA, Calif. , Apr 7, 1997 - Race driver Tom Boune was killed when his midget car struck the wall in a turn and flipped during a weekend race at Madera Speedway.

Boune, 33, of Rio Linda, apparently died instantly Saturday night from spinal cord and head injuries, a hospital spokesman said Sunday.

The accident occurred on the 17th lap of the United States Auto Club midget race at Madera Speedway.

Boune's death was the second in the speedway's 25-year history. Danny Bingham of Bakersfield was killed in a May 1982 race.

The throttle in Boune's car seemed to stick as he raced down the front straight before hitting head-on into the first-turn wall, speedway spokesman Ken Coventry said. The engine caught fire and the car came to a stop.

"We'll review the video that's available," Coventry said. "I believe all the safety equipment that Boune's car had did its job. Sometimes, that isn't enough."

The race was part of a season-opening tripleheader that included Western Super Modified Racing Association and California Asphalt Modifieds events. Officials stopped the 30-lap race after the accident and declared Ricky Hendrix the winner.

Bourne is survived by wife, Theresa, and 15-year-old son, James,. He was part of a well-known Sacramento racing family that included his grandfather, Dennie Boune; father, Richard Boune; uncle, Art Boune; and cousin, Glen Boune.

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