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09/16 2014

Driver killed after RV flips in race at Hawkeye Downs Speedway

The Cedar Rapids Police Department have identified the driver of an RV during a fatal racing crash at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Iowa last weekend.

 John Pickart, 68, was killed during a “Race ‘Em and Wreck ‘Em” event after his RV was clipped by a school bus entering one of the turns. The RV turned over and collapsed, trapping Pickart inside the vehicle.

The crash took place at around 8 p.m. local time on Saturday. Racing was suspended for the rest of the night and fans were asked to leave the track.
Our deepest condolences go out to the driver’s family, friends and loved ones,” said Hawkeye Downs Executive Director Roy Nowers. “Hawkeye Downs has a long history of racing and when an accident like this happens it is a hard blow to everyone. We are a tight knit racing community at Hawkeye Downs and are all deeply saddened by this tragic accident.”
Witnesses say it took about 30 minutes for the medical crew to get Pickart out of the vehicle.
“A driver initially was trapped inside the vehicle,” Nowers said. “The Cedar Rapids Fire Department, area ambulance service and Cedar Rapids Police Department did their best to get the individual out. With the assistance of the fire department, they were able to get the individual out.”
The race was a non-sanctioned race held by a local promoter who had rented out the track. WCFCourier.comreports that the crash is being viewed as a sporting event accident and there are no criminal charges.