posted on Feb, 8 2004 @ 08:25 PM
A worker at Daytona International Speedway was struck and killed by a paraplegic driver going more than 100 mph during a race for compact cars
The worker, 44-year-old Roy H. Weaver III, was standing in the middle of the track picking up debris during a caution period when he was hit by a car
driven by Ray Paprota of Birmingham, Ala., track spokesman David Talley said.
Paprota, who doesn't have use of his legs and drives a car equipped with hand controls, was trying to catch up the main pack of cars after a two-car
crash at the opposite end of the track brought out a yellow flag. Weaver was struck in Turn 2 on the 2½-mile trioval.
Several drivers said Weaver's body already was covered by a tarp as they continued to circle the track under a yellow flag. Eventually, the
IPOWERacing 150 was red-flagged for about 1½ hours, finally running to the finish under the lights after police investigated the scene and took
pictures of Paprota's car in the garage.
Paprota was loaded into a wheelchair-accessible van and left the track without commenting to reporters.
"I'm sorry," he said. "I can't say anything."
This is a really sad story, not a good way to start off Daytona Week.
I really feel bad for the victims family and friends and even for the poor guy who hit him, he's got to live with that guilt. He obviously didn't do
it intentionally, but that's a tough thing to have on your conscience.