NASCAR, Pocono Raceway winners in court
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By AMANDA VINCENT
The widow of Brian Zimmerman and fans injured when struck by lightning in a parking lot during a NASCAR race weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in 2012 lost their lawsuit against the race track and NASCAR on Monday in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania.
Zimmerman was killed by a lightning strike in a parking lot behind the track’s frontstretch grandstands. Ten other fans also were injured between the strike that killed Zimmerman and a second strike on Aug. 5, 2012.
Three lawsuits filed against Pocono Raceway and NASCAR claimed that the victims would have had more sufficient time to seek cover had the race been stopped as soon as a severe storm warning was issued. Fans were alerted of the warning nine minutes after the storm warning was issued. The race was stopped 42 minutes after the storm warning was issued. The lightning strike the resulted in Zimmerman’s death came seven minutes after the race was called for severe weather.
Although the jury ruled in favor of Pocono Raceway in NASCAR, it did find the race track negligent. NASCAR was not found negligent.