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Instructor Killed as Passenger-Walt Disney World Raceway
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On this Forum, the CNN linked story concludes that "the Florida State Patrol is investigating" and it refers to "the passenger" being killed.  Reporting in other venues reports that passenger to be an instructor and the Experience manager, as the MSF does here too.

This Forum should collect and report the results of that FSP investigation when available, and this Forum can offer a "lessons learned" protocol together with "suggestions for improvements or correction" to begin to form a foundation for pressured action.

One such item in this tragic collision is to run events using the facility as the flow and safety barriers were designed.  A forecasted conclusion in this situation is that the death would not have occured, even with the driver misjudgements and loss of control, IF the event was organized to use that track in the counter-clockwise direction as designed.  Is this conclusion correct?  What actions derive from it?  Are there other lessons to be learned?  How can the insights be leveraged for other tracks, other organizations, other event senarios?

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Hi, Nonsequitur! I did a bit of research to see if the results of the Florida State Patrol investigation were available, but they aren't as of yet. I also looked into the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) investigation, and the case is still open. The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway did close while the FSP conducted its investigation. But it is currently open, and will remain so until 8/9 when they shut their doors for good. I'll be sure to add more updates to this thread when available!

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I was just contacted by Sandra Pedicini, the reporter at the Orlando Sentinel who I spoke with after the crash. She told me that the results of the FHP report are now available and they speak directly to the improper direction and lack of impact attenuator on the guard rail that they hit.

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I wrote this article just after the incident:

http://oppositelock.kinja.com/please-stop-killing-my-friends-1697610915

The Orlando Sentinel will be updating their story today with the results of the FHP report.

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Can you post the findings please?

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-fhp-richard-petty-disney-guardrail-20150820-story.html

"A decision to run Exotic Driving Experience sports cars in the wrong direction on the Walt Disney World Speedway was a factor in the death of an instructor there, according to the Florida Highway Patrol."

"'If the cars were going in the proper direction, yes, this probably would not have been a fatal accident,' crash investigator FHP Cpl. David Rodriguez told the Orlando Sentinel."

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