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Race fans injured by car in parking lot after race at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- More than 20 people were injured when a car hit them in a parking lot after Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

According to the Virginia State Police, no one died, and many of the 22 people who were injured were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Their ages range from 12 to 65 years old, and at least 13 of them were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Of the 12 patients at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, 10 were treated and released Sunday night, one was admitted, and one was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, according to spokeswoman Liz Harris of the Martinsville hospital.

A Morehead Hospital spokeswoman said that hospital treated a total of five patients Sunday night; all had minor injuries and were released.

There was no update on another patient, who was taken to Eden Hospital in North Carolina.

Virginia State Police announced Monday morning that it took the driver of the Chevrolet into custody at the scene without incident. He was later identified as Gary T. Edem, 65, of Fairfax, Va. Late Sunday night, he was taken before a magistrate and charged with reckless driving with a $7,500 bond. State police are still working to determine the exact cause of the incident, and additional charges are pending.

The accident occurred about an hour after the race when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Liberty. The Chevrolet hit the Jeep and then hit several nearby pedestrians. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, according to state police.

The driver of the Jeep Liberty was a 75-year-old man from Joplin, Mo., with a 36-year-old passenger, according to the Virginia State Police. Neither was injured.