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Man Tragically Killed While Watching Racecar Event in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

August 06, 2019

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PA. – According to a news report posted online at, a man was tragically killed while watching a racecar event in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Officials say that one of the cars involved in the race lost control after a collision with another car, and the racecar crashed into the victim.* 

The incident occurred during a racing event at the Williams Grove Speedway. Police say that a man was watching the race while sitting in the bed of his pickup truck, which he had parked next to the inside fence of the speedway. Two of the racecars in the event crashed into each other during the race, and one of them subsequently struck a wall and flew over the speedway’s fence. 

The out-of-control racecar then crashed into the man’s pickup truck, according to authorities. It is not clear what led to the initial crash or how the impact caused one of the cars to roll over the fence. It is also not clear exactly how the racecar collided with the pickup truck. 

People reports that the man in the bed of the pickup truck sustained critical injuries, and he tragically died. The Cumberland County Coroner’s Office identified him as a 67-year-old man from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. 

People reports that the victim was a fifth-grade mathematics teacher and former girls basketball coach for Northern York County Schools. He had been with the district for 35 years. He was also reportedly a push car operator, helping racecars that crash or lose control during races. 

The drivers of the two racecars were not injured in the accident, according to the news story. A social media post from Williams Grove Speedway announcing cancelation of the rest of the racing program was published in the report, but no other statement from the speedway about the accident was included.    

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