GILLIAM, LA (KSLA) - The Atlanta, Texas man involved in a drag racing park Monday has died from his injuries.
Caddo Parish Sheriff's deputies say 60-year-old Steven Smith was struck by a dragster. He was part of the Smith-Fair Racing crew that was conducting test runs at the raceway as part of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) licensure process.
It happened around 2:15 p.m. at the Thunder Road Raceway Park in Gilliam, LA.
According to Lt. Michael Gray with the sheriff's office, the driver, 55-year-old Stuart Smith, also from Atlanta, TX, accidentally backed over his brother, Steven.
"Everyone's pretty shook up. I mean it was some serious injuries. It's a very tight-knit group out here between the racers and the crew," said Lt. Gray.
Lt. Gray said the crew member suffered significant, life-threatening injuries. He was flown by LifeAir Rescue to University Health hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
On Monday, Thunder Road Raceway Park released the following statement:
The accident was investigated by the Caddo Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit.
Gray said alcohol was not a factor and no charges have been filed.