NASCAR Cup: Fans hit by car in parking lot at Martinsville Speedway
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By AMANDA VINCENT
A vehicle crashed into a crowd of people in a handicap parking lot at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, about an hour after the checkered flag of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. The incident happened near the helipad as race fans gathered to catch glimpses of NASCAR drivers as they departed the race track.
A 2005 Chevrolet SSR attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot, but the SSR wound up striking the Jeep and then several pedestrians, according to Virginia State Police. The driver of the SSR was questioned by police and charges were pending a decision by Andrew Nester, Henry County (Va.) Commonwealth Attorney. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.
“All we know now is a vehicle — we don’t know exactly what happened with the vehicle — did run into at least 10 pedestrians, and we’re treating the ones we can take to the care center here,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said, as quoted by Catchfence.com
. “The others are being treated at Memorial Hospital. I really don’t have anything else to tell you at this point.”
Multiple reports state that 22 fans were injured. Seven were transported to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and two went to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, N.C., while 13 were treated at the track, according to a USA Today