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Bobsled Hopeful Dies in Accident

February 9, 1998

MARLBORO, N.J. (AP) _ A 21-year-old Jackson man hoping to reach the next Winter Olympics on the U.S. bobsled team was struck by a pickup truck and killed over the weekend.

Clark B. ``C.J.″ Ferry had gone out with friends and was apparently walking on the southbound side of Route 9 about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit, his uncle, Bill Ferry said Monday.

``He was a normal 21-year-old out on a Friday night,″ Bill Ferry said. ``He had gone out with someone else in their car. Then we were told he was killed. That’s all we know.″

The driver of the truck, James M. Takacs, 33, was not injured.

Ferry was one of 25 bobsledders on the national development team, which trains for domestic and World Cup competitions. The members of the U.S. Olympic bobsledding team are selected from the development squad.

Ferry began his bobsled career about two years ago when he impressed trainers at a tryout on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Ferry and some friends paid about $3 apiece to push a bobsled down a small track, Bill Ferry said.

``It was kind of a fluke. He and a group of kids had gone to the beach for the day. You know, they were macho 18-year-old kids and they said `Let’s give it a shot.″

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