This is a sad story. Last Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee a drag-racer crashed his car into a crowd of spectators, killing six people (between the ages of 15 to 22) and injuring at least 23.
All this occurred during the Cars for Kids charity parade, in Selmer (80 miles east of Memphis) when a pro drag-racer Troy Warren Critchley attempted to perform a “burnout exhibition” (when you spin the car’s back tires, which send up clouds of smoke). He lost control of the car and it drove into the crowd. There were no protective barriers on either side of the city’s street.
Troy Critchley’s ex-wife, Paige Jackson Critchley states “he’s not holding up real well, he’s always been involved with charities and kids. I’m sure he’s terribly devastated by the accident”. Paige, who lives in Waterford, Va. (40 miles northwest of Washington), tells the media that she has spoken with him after the accident, and says that he is now in a “undisclosed location”, and she would not reveal if he is still in Tennessee.
Critchley began his pro drag-racing career in Brisbane, Australia in 1986, building engines. He then started racing on the Australian circuit in the 1990s. He later moved to Virginia in 1998 and later to Michigan in 2001, where he began his drag-racing in Texas 2002. In 2000 he placed fourth in the International Hot Rod Association’s pro-modified series.
The state authorities are still trying to find out what caused the crash. No criminal charges have been filed. Mike Browning, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman, stated that Critchley had been tested for drugs and alcohol; the results came out negative.
Since the incident occurred, there have been repeated calls to Critchley’s spokesman for his racing team, and Critchley has not answered the door at his home in Dallas. His family says that they have not spoken to him since the incident.
I feel bad for Critchley; I know it must be hard to go through. Having the press post this incident everywhere makes this hard to deal with. He is obviously feeling really upset about what happened, and finding him is the last thing he wants anyone to do.
Now hopefully there will be changes to make events like the safer, and avoid something like this happening again. Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says that he thinks that the investigation will lead to changes in permitted racing routines on Tennessee streets. “I think that there’ll be a lot of discussion the appropriateness of burning the tires, and going forward, and I think that’s probably a very good discussion to have,” Gov. Bredesen said.