Driving Instructor killed at Summit Point Motorsports Park in WV

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June 13, 2014
Driving Instructor killed at Summit Point Motorsports Park in WV

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - A driving instructor died Saturday after an accident at the HyperFest at the Summit Point Raceway in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just after 5:15 p.m. The male driver made a sharp left turn, lost control, and crashed into a tree. 

The passenger, who was the instructor, died from blunt-force trauma, according to Sgt. Robert Sell, with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The victim's name will not be released until his family is notified.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Winchester Medical Center.

A separate crash happened around 2:30 p.m. at the raceway when two vehicles crashed into each other, according to Sell. One person had to be flown to the hospital. This was for the Lightning Road Race.

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Joined: May 26, 2015
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May 26, 2015

There are many lessons to be learned from this situation.  One very loud and persistent question could be simply "How could the car even reach a tree?"  The energy in the car at impact was substantial to produce the wrapped damage and the death of the instructor.  What can be learned from the specific organization, driving environment, track condition and safety protocols?  What should then be done with that information, and how can we take lessons from this tragedy?

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