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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:27

LOCAL MERCED HERO JUMPS IN FRONT OF RACE KART WITH NO BRAKES AND STUCK THROTTLE - WARNING VIDEO INCLUDED

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LOCAL MERCED HERO JUMPS IN FRONT OF RACE KART WITH NO BRAKES AND STUCK THROTTLE - WARNING VIDEO INCLUDED

10540354_299911526876223_7345223447432944585_nCHOWCHILLA, CA -  While many football fans enjoyed the weekend preparing for and then watching the Broncos defeat the Panthers during Super Bowl 50, valley race families, friends and fans gathered at the Chowchilla Speedway on both Saturday and Sunday for the Sanders Motorsports Barn Burner race event. The Saturday event featured the Yamaha KT 100cc Kart races and Sunday was host to the UAS (Unlimited All-Stars) Kart racing.

Just as one of the scheduled heats known as the Beginner Box race ended, #1 Kart driver Taylor Myers, who came in first place, was suddenly faced with a terrifying fact; her throttle was stuck and her brakes were not working.

Spectators knew something wasn't right as Taylor's kart sped through the pit area after the race finished before doing a few donuts and heading back in the direction of the pit area and spectators again. Taylor, who could not be reached for comment and is said to be about 8-years-old, managed to maintain control of the kart trying to steer clear of injuring anyone. That is when 33-year-old Doug Lockwood of Merced jumped into action. "The video just shows the end of what happened," said Doug in a phone interview with MCNTV News. "I was already on a quad and attempted to help, but I couldn't seem to catch her. I noticed she was heading toward the pit area where people and kids were so I jumped over the hay bails on foot to try to stop her."

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The incident, which was captured on video by FastFourMedia, shows the moment where Doug Lockwood placed his own life in jeopardy to save others, not to mention a terrified little girl. "Her eyes were as big as mine," Doug said, "and I just did what anyone else would do. I don't consider myself any kind of hero and I'm just so grateful that I could help."

Doug is also the race director for a National Series race event and offered to help some friends of the Sanders Motorsports Barn Burner races this past weekend when the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon. Doug suffered a few scratches and followed-up with his doctor the next day due to bruising on his arm. He reported that nothing was broken and there is not much pain.Doug2

"I know her dad and I apologized for damaging the kart," the local hero said. "Her mom was also very kind and sent me a thank you on Facebook."

Check out more about Sanders Motorsport's Barn Burner including the race results on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smwsd

The racing continues at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds with two more events scheduled for March 6th and April 2nd. Read more by clicking on this link http://chowchillafair.org/events/2016/sanders-motorsports-barn-burner

Taylor Myers

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