Monday, February 09, 2004

Safety Worker Killed When Hit by Paraplegic Racecar Driver

No matter how this is reported it will come across as politically incorrect. This incident happened under a caution flag when race cars are not racing but at Daytona may still be traveling at speeds of 90 miles per hour. No one seems to know what happened. The strange thing about the incident is that Paprota's car wouldn't start at the beginning of the race and they had to take it behind the wall after the race had started to get it going--might have been a sign, just to forget it for this day anyway. All his controls were on the steering wheel. He must not have seen the man on the racetrack and unfortunately the man on the track must not have been looking for Paprota.

From ThatsRacin.com - Your online source for NASCAR and all auto racing:

"A Daytona International Speedway safety worker was killed Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a race car being driven by a paraplegic competitor in a race during activities leading up to next week's Daytona 500.

Roy H. Weaver III, a 44-year-old track crew supervisor, was picking up debris in the Turn 2 area of the 2.5-mile track after a crash during the IPower 150 when he was struck by a race car being driven by Ray Paprota.

Paprota, 41, is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of injuries he suffered in an automobile crash in 1984. He uses specially modified hand controls to accelerate, brake and change gears in his race car."