Keith Holmes: Racing community mourns fatal crash of 'sweet guy'

Keith Holmes: Racing community mourns fatal crash of 'sweet guy'”

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Coast Guards said during the powerboat race two speedboats crashed during a turn just north of the city of St. Clair.

Authorities say a veteran powerboat racer died following a crash during the St. Clair River Classic: a MI boat racing event on a river that runs between the US and Canada.

Two boats, The American Ethanol CatCanDo and Miss Geico, collided at about 4:40 pm Sunday.

The incident occurred in the river off Courtright.

Holmes was pronounced dead after being taken to St. John River District Hospital in East China Township. A boat named Miss GEICO also was involved in the crash.

All boats were removed from the water and the race was halted. The event was cut short following the collision. Glovick says Holmes first started racing snowmobiles in Canada before boats.

"We ask for your prayers as we wrap our minds around the events of today".

Meanwhile, the Miss GEICO Race Team posted a note on Facebook saying that the team had been "involved in a tragic racing incident" and extended thoughts and prayers to the American Ethanol team. "We feel the love of the boating community and your support is appreciated". In 2016, Holmes' wins included the Superboat International Mentor Grand Prix in Cleveland, Ohio and the St. Clair Riverfest Classic, according to his team's website. The Miss Geico Racing team reported Miss Geico driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich were not injured in the crash.

FOX 17 contacted the Offshore Powerboat Association, OPA, which runs the St. Clair River Classic.

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