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Johan Jacobs, the "World's Fastest South African," was killed when his jet-powered dragster flipped over and disintegrated at 300 miles per hour. The accident happened on a trial run, a day before he was to make a run at the a land speed record he set this past March, at 316 mph. He'd been hoping to set a world record for acceleration over one mile. [Thanks to Haje for the tip.]

Attempt at land speed record ends in death [Fast Car]

Beware, Johan: Jet-Powered Man Becomes Fastest South African [internal]