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Man who died at Spokane motorcycle park identified

UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2013, 5:34 p.m.

A man killed Saturday during a motorcycle race at a Spokane County-owned race track was identified Tuesday as 51-year-old Kevin C. Hamann.

Hamann crashed during the Washington Oldtimer’s National race put on by the Airway Motocross Park, sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said. The organization holds its events at the county-owned Off-road Vehicle Park near the Spokane County Raceway Park.

During the race, Hamann apparently attempted a “double jump” when it appeared his throttle stuck open and he drove off the track during the apex of a turn. The motorcycle went airborne and landed about 45 feet from where it left the track.

Hamann tumbled after he was ejected and suffered a broken neck, according to a news release from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Efforts to reach organizers at Airway Motocross Park were unsuccessful.

Chamberlin said Hamann’s death was the first at the park since 2011, when 17-year-old East Valley High School Senior Austin Krum died during a similar race.

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