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Sunday, July 22
Updated: July 23, 3:51 AM ET
Driver's mom killed after cars jump track
Associated Press

AMHERST, Ohio -- Two cars jumped a guard rail and hit a section of bleachers at a track, killing a driver's wheelchair-bound mother and injuring at least 11 spectators.

Authorities said Sunday that four people were taken by helicopter from Lorain County Speedway to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Virginia Whyel, 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.

"Everybody was scared. They were trying to get to me and get me out from under the fender," said Williams, 45, who suffered a broken leg.

Lorain County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Drozdowski said two drivers collided just before the accident.

"Two of the cars accelerated and bumped and the drivers lost control, went over a guard rail, took out a fence and hit a set of stands," Drozdowski said.

The two drivers were treated at the scene.

Also at MetroHealth, Ivan Zirkle, 69, of Avon, was in good condition Sunday with a back injury, and 19-year-old Jacob Webster, whose hometown was not available, was in satisfactory condition with a leg injury.

Kimberly Jones, 14, of Grafton, was in fair condition Sunday at Community Health Partners in Lorain with leg injuries. Seven others were treated and released from Community Health Partners, Elyria Memorial Regional Medical Center and Oberlin Medical Center.

Lorain County Speedway, about 40 miles west of Cleveland, features mostly local drivers and is in its 53rd season of racing. Seventeen drivers were racing in a NASCAR Racing Series Late Models event when the accident occurred.

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