Yuba County Sheriff’s have confirmed that two people were killed after a crash at Marysville’s Raceway Park early Saturday evening.
The two, a 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy, were walking in the pits as a part of a driver’s pit crew when the winged sprint car crashed into them.
At the time, the cars were only doing their warm-up laps.
Witnesses say that the car was traveling about 90 mph when it crashed into the pit.
Steven Blakesley, a witness at the track and a race announcer, said that the 14-year-old was the driver’s cousin. The 68-year-old was the owner of a few cars in the race.
There was immediate help to the victims as the crowd realized the gravity of the crash before them.
“Silent. Eerily silent. There was a focused effort to try and resusitate those two individuals,” Blakesley said about the scene as it unfolded.
The man died at the scene while the teen was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead.
An investigation into why the crash happened is on-going. The exact reason why the car lost control isn’t known at this time, although mechanical problems are being looked into. The car has been taken into sheriff’s custody.
“Our thoughts and deepest prayers go out to everyone. Out of respect we will not elaborate on details. We ask everyone to respect each other and the families,” the raceway wrote in a release.
The exact identities of the two killed are not being released at this time. The driver of the car is said to be OK with no injuries.
Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.