Bay area stunt motorcyclist Bill Warner dies after crashing at 285 mph during record try in Maine
Micah Grimes , Associated Press
4:32 PM, Jul 14, 2013
2:22 AM, Jul 15, 2013
LIMSTONE, Maine - A Bay area motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph has died after crashing on a runway at an annual speed trial race in northern Maine.
Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, crashed Sunday at the Maine Event, which is sanctioned by the Loring Timing Association. The race is held at the former Loring Air Force Base.
The Bangor Daily News confirmed Sunday afternoon that Warner died from his injuries. Warner was reportedly conscious and talking as he was taken from the scene, according to the Associated Press, but later died at the hospital.
When reached by phone, a Cary Medical Center official in Caribou, Maine, confirmed Warner's passing to ABC Action News.
An official at the Limestone, Maine, Police Department said a request for further information concerning the crash was being passed to a supervisor.
WCSH-TV reported Warner was traveling 260 mph when he lost control. The Associated Press reported Race Director Tim Kelly says Warner had been clocked at 285 mph before he lost control.
About 400 spectators watched as Warner began veering right, traveling upright for another 2,000 feet before exiting the runway and crashing, Kelly said.
The Bangor Daily News reported Warner made it about 4,000 feet and reportedly slid around 1,000 feet after crashing.
Phone calls to the Loring Timing Association and various numbers listed for Warner and associates have not been answered.
After the crash, race officials canceled the remainder of Sunday's races, according to the Bangor Daily News.
Warner rides a modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa. He previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement to do so.