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Raymond Sommer became the first fatality in a Cooper car. While leading the Grand Prix de l'Haute Garonne in Cadours, near Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, southern France, in the 1100 cm3 Cooper Mk IV he had borrowed from John Cooper, Sommer went off the road only four laps to the end of the race and crashed into a tree. The accident was caused by sudden steering failure. Raymond Sommer died of severe head, face and arm injuries while being taken to Cadours hospital in the ambulance. He was 44-year-old.
Cooper Mk IV
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