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August 03, 2019

Spectator killed in airborne crash at Central Pennsylvania auto speedway

The annual event was honoring a man who died at the same race track in 2007

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Williams Grove Speedway death Screenshot/Google Street View

Cumberland County's popular Williams Grove Speedway is shown here. A 67-year-old man died when a vehicle went airborne in a crash and struck him in the speedway's spectator pit.

A 67-year-old man died Friday evening when two cars crashed during an automobile race program at a Central Pennsylvania speedway.

Richard Speck, of Mechanicsburg, was sitting in the infield Friday evening at the Williams Grove Speedway in Cumberland County, just a 20-minute drive from Harrisburg. A two-vehicle collision occurred during one of the evening's races, sending one vehicle airborne after hitting the inside wall, according to WGAL.

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The vehicle hit Speck, who was sitting in the back of his pickup truck. Speck was pronounced dead at the speedway.

The Speedway was forced to cancel the rest of the evening's program after the accident:

Some on social media saw the accident as an opportunity to add more safety measures to the speedway's spectator pit area:

The race, called the Billy Kimmel Memorial, is an annual event held to honor a 27-year-old Mechanicsburg man who died in an accident at Williams Grove in 2007, according to PennLive.

The crash remains under investigation by the state police, the Cumberland County coroner’s office and track officials.

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