A race car killed two people at Marsyville Raceway Park in California Saturday night. A 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man were the victims of a fatal accident after a 17-year-old driver veered though a gap between the raceway and pit row at a speed of 90 mph. According to a March 17 report, the incident happened about 40 miles north of Sacramento when the raceway was hosting the California Spring Car Civil War Series.
The man and boy killed by the race car were standing near each other when the tragic accident occurred. They were believed to be associated with one of the drivers or cars racing. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the boy later died at the hospital.
Chase Johnson, the teen driver of the car, was unable to make a turn while doing "hot laps" during practice. The victims were killed after he hit a golf cart and went out of view from the stands. Johnson wasn't injured in the accident. The race's announcer, Steven Blakesley, recalled the crowd going silent after the car went out of sight -- then he witnessed CPR being performed on two people with a blanket eventually covering the man's body.
There's no word on the psychological condition of the driver. Johnson is reportedly a senior student at Petaluma High School near San Francisco and a fourth-generation race car driver. After driving a race car that killed two people, any driver would be shaken up from such a traumatic event.