Street Luging Victim Identified, Home from Navy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas City, Kan., police have identified the man killed while riding a street luge.

Police say 28-year-old Steve Baumgarter had come to the area to participate in an unsanctioned race Sunday. The race was canceled after his death.

Friends of the victim tell The Kansas City Star that he was a Navy petty officer 1st Class from Iowa who was home on leave.

Baumgarter was riding a 5-foot-long luge on wheels in Rosedale Park when he lost control and hit a tree. He died on impact despite the helmet and protective gear he was wearing.

Police say he was in Roseland Park to take part in an unsanctioned, "outlaw'' race. The race was promoted on several Internet sites as "Kansas City's first outlaw gravity race mini series.'' He was practicing for racing scheduled for Sunday.

Luges are built on wheels and can be five to eight feet long. The extreme sport debuted in the 1995 X Games.

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