Powerboat driver dies in crash during Jacksonville event

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
NP_312303_CLIF_SUPERBOAT_6` SUNDAY (10/4/2009) CLEARWATER BEACH Superheat heads into the straightaway Sunday after navigating turn one behind SoBe Entertainment off Clearwater Beach while competing in the first Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival (Oct. 2-4). The event featured two races with the fastest and largest offshore powerboats in the world competing in a dozen classes for bragging rights and National titles. [Douglas R. Clifford, Times]
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times NP_312303_CLIF_SUPERBOAT_6` SUNDAY (10/4/2009) CLEARWATER BEACH Superheat heads into the straightaway Sunday after navigating turn one behind SoBe Entertainment off Clearwater Beach while competing in the first Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival (Oct. 2-4). The event featured two races with the fastest and largest offshore powerboats in the world competing in a dozen classes for bragging rights and National titles. [Douglas R. Clifford, Times]
Published June 4 2018
Updated June 4 2018

JACKSONVILLE ó A powerboat racer was killed Saturday in a crash with another boat that injured three other racers at an event in Jacksonville.

Mike Salber, a 22-year member of the Sanford Fire Department, where he worked as a paramedic, died on the St. Johnís River during the Jacksonville Grand Prix of the Sea race, according to the Florida Times-Union.

The incident occurred at one of the P1 Superstock events hosted across Florida. The races will be coming to Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach on June 16-17.

Salber was driving the Rapid Buildings Solutions racing powerboat when he was involved in the crash with the Frank and Alís pizza boat , driven by Chris Mejias and his uncle Frank Silva. The other drivers also suffered injuries, , according to Action News Jax.

The cause of the crash was not immediately know, race organizers told Action News Jac.

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