Monday, July 23, 2001

Race cars kill 1 spectator, injure 11

The Associated Press

        AMHERST, Ohio — Two cars jumped a guard rail and hit a section of bleachers at a racetrack, killing a wheelchair-bound woman and injuring at least 11 spectators, authorities said Sunday.

        Four people were taken by helicopter from Lorain County Speedway to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

        Virginia Wyleth, 65, was pronounced dead early Sunday, a nursing supervisor said. Her hometown was not available, the county sheriff's department said.

        The accident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

        “It happened so quick. I didn't know what happened until I was pinned under the car. I was looking the other way when it hit,” Kathy Williams of Medina said Sunday from her bed at MetroHealth, where she was in satisfactory condition.


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