NASCAR Cup: Driver charged after Martinsville Speedway post-race incident
By AMANDA VINCENT
Gary T. Edem, a 65-year-old man from Fairfax, Va., has been charged with reckless driving after a 2005 Chevrolet SSR he was driving struck a group of fans at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway following the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track on Oct. 30.
The incident happened near the track’s helipad in a handicapped parking lot as fans gathered to watch race car drivers who competed in the race depart the facility. Edem attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot in traffic as it departed the race track, but Edem’s vehicle struck the Jeep and several pedestrians, according to Virginia State Police.
Multiple reports stated that 22 fans were injured. Seven of those fans were transported to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and two went to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, N.C. The other 13 were treated at the track.
At least one fan told reporters on the scene that Edem’s actions seemed intentional.