The driver of the truck that former NASCAR driver James Hylton and his son were riding in when they were killed Saturday has not been charged, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.
Terry Strange, lost control of the pickup truck that was towing the race team's trailer on Interstate 85 near Carnesville, Georgia, according to the report. A previously damaged guardrail also is listed as a contributing factor in the accident.
Strange told police he changed lanes from the right lane to the left lane in an attempt to overtake a slower vehicle when an unknown vehicle tried to change lanes and almost struck the truck, according to the report. Strange went on the shoulder to try to avoid a collision but lost control.
The vehicle "struck an orange construction barrel and began striking guardrail support posts on the west shoulder of the road," the report says. The guardrail support posts had been struck by another vehicle several days beforehand.
The truck, after hitting the damaged guardrail, went into the median and became airborne, flying over a small creek and hitting an embankment with the front of the truck, according to the report. The car stopped facing north up against the embankment.
James Hylton, 83, was sitting in the front passenger seat of the truck and was not wearing a seatbelt. His son James Hylton Jr., 61, was sitting in the backseat and was wearing a shoulder belt. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The elder Hylton had started 602 Cup races in his career with two victories (Richmond in 1970 and Talladega in 1972) as well as second-place finishes in the standings in 1966, 1967 and 1971.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for Strange, he suffered broken bones and injuries to both legs, feet, and ankles.
The three were returning to South Carolina after Friday's ARCA Series race at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway, as Hylton Sr. owned a team that competed in the series.