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Tenn. Car Crash Death Toll Rises (7 Dead)
Breitbart ^ | June 17, 2007 | WILL YORK, AP

Posted on 06/17/2007 5:28:14 PM PDT by RDTF

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - Three more people have died after a drag-racing car went out of control and careened into a crowd of spectators, raising the death toll to seven, state officials said Sunday. The crash occurred Saturday night during an "exhibition burnout"—when a driver spins his tires to make them heat up and smoke—at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis.

Several other people were injured.

Amateur video of the crash, broadcast on WMC-TV in Memphis, showed the car's engine revving loudly before the vehicle sped down a highway lined with spectators on both sides. After a few hundred feet, the smoking car skidded off the road.

The identities of the victims and the driver were not immediately released.

Witness Scott Henley said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then fishtailed and slammed into a utility pole before spinning around into the audience.

Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said "bodies were flying into the air when it happened."

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said at least eight people were taken to three hospitals.

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1 posted on 06/17/2007 5:28:16 PM PDT by RDTF
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I can`t believe that this happened. Whoever thought
that having a Pro Mod car do a 1/8 mile burnout in
between people standing along side the road lost their
friggin minds.

I love drag racing,we go all over the US watching this
sport,but this sickens me

These cars run 230 in the 1/4 mile

Prayers for all the people involved in this tragedy.

3 posted on 06/17/2007 6:12:26 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Duncan Hunter / Fred Thompson,)
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This city's government and the spectating citizens must be out of their minds to sanction drag racing on a public street for "charity". Glorifying drag racing like this is beyond stupid. Give kids the idea that drag racing is great fun, and a whole lot of them will waste no time imitating it -- especially when they've seen it done on public streets with the full endorsement of local government, police, and citizens.

The charity was formed in 1990, two years after founder Larry Price's son, Chad, suffered a severe head injury in a bicycle accident. Price promised that if his son was saved from lifelong injuries, he would spend the rest of his life raising funds for disabled children, according to the Web site.

Nice job, Larry. Your great idea has now killed 7 people, and no doubt left a number of others maimed and brain-damaged.

4 posted on 06/17/2007 8:45:23 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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