9-Year-Old Aurora Girl Killed in Go-Kart Racing Accident

Girl's Kart Rolled After Clipping Maintenance Trailer Crossing Racetrack

A 9-year-old Aurora girl killed in a go-kart racing accident died from multiple injuries, the Mesa County coroner said Monday.

Taybor Duncan had just crested a hill about 9 a.m. and was descending when her kart clipped a maintenance trailer crossing the racetrack and flipped several times at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, said Mesa County sheriff's spokeswoman Sally Weese.

A maintenance man driving an all-terrain vehicle pulling the trailer was crossing the track during the race to assist other kid racers involved in an earlier accident, Weese said.

As the girl's parents watched, emergency medical crews attempted to revive Taybor at the track, Weese said. She was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.

A woman who answered the phone at the Duncan's home Sunday said it was too early for the family to talk about the tragedy.

The girl was wearing all of the protective gear required for go-kart racing, including a helmet, seat belt restraint systems and a protective chest plate, Weese said.

Taybor, whose nickname was "Tay Tay" was described as a "popular and quick" child racer, according to the Colorado Junior Karting Club website.

She began racing in 2008 and described her hobbies as gymnastics, water skiing and camping, according to the website.

In response to the question "What I like best about Karting is?" Taybor said: "Going fast, having fun, and being safe," according to the karting club website.

The accident remained under investigation.