Man dies after drag racing wreck

Man dies after drag racing wreck
Crew member hurt in drag racing wreck at Thunder Road Raceway Park (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Crew member hurt in drag racing wreck at Thunder Road Raceway Park (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Deputies say the driver and victim are related (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)
Deputies say the driver and victim are related (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)

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:

"A professional race team was testing today and an incident occurred during the test session which injured a team member from the race crew. Crew member was treated by on site medical professionals and transported via helicopter to local hospital.

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.

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