• No Recovery, No Fee
  • Free Consultations
  • Home & Hospital Visits Available
Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Local: 734-274-2876

Hire A Real Attorney, Not A TV Personality

We know our way around a courtroom and we get the results our clients need.
View Our Practice Areas

Popular mud bog racer dead at 4-H fairgrounds

A West Olive, Michigan, man popular in the sport of mud bog racing died Saturday in an accident at the St. Joseph County 4-H fairgrounds. The 48-year-old man was accompanied that day by his son who, along with nearly 1,500 racing fans, witnessed the entire tragic event. It was the first race of the night.

Well known in the industry and active in sand rail and mud bog racing since the 1980s, the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital. The official cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Investigators will continue their diagnostic review of the man's buggy which was reportedly built for sand racing, not mud. According to a spectator video, the man sped out of the gate at nearly 80 miles an hour then hydroplaned on a mud puddle and crashed into a chain link fence.

The forensic mechanic investigation will hopefully shed a little more light on the fatal motor vehicle accident and help determine if it was caused by a mechanical or operator failure. There could be several parties that prove negligent in this man's wrongful death including the race track crew, the car manufacturer, the mechanic, and even the race sponsors.

As always, the driver was wearing a crash helmet, safety harness and fire resistant jumpsuit during the race. Unfortunately, witnesses say it took the dozens of first responders, police officers and the paramedic crew more than 20 minutes to extricate the driver from the vehicle after the accident. In fact, one witness noted that emergency crews should have been a little more prepared to assist drivers if they are stationed at a race track.

Source: wndu.com, "UPDATE: Video released in fatal racing crash at 4-H fairgrounds," Kevin Lews & Barba Harrington, July 29, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
    View More results
  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    View More results
  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A FREE Consultation

Tell us about your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

2 convenient office locations free initial consultations

Ypsilanti Office:
119 North Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Phone: 734-482-5000
Fax: 734-487-7000
Ypsilanti Law Office Map

Ypsilanti Office:

Jackson Office:
410 South Jackson Street
Jackson, MI 49201

Toll Free: 866-586-8164
Phone: 517-787-9000
Fax: 734-487-7000
Jackson Law Office Map

Handling legal
crises throughout
all of Michigan,
especially Ann
Arbor and
Ypsilanti areas.