|05-18-2010, 07:50 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: White Settlement, TXVehicle:
Death at TMS
Heard about this on the radio on the way home, sounds like the car was a Zo6. When I'm 87, I hope my ass goes out just like this. Godspeed cool old man. Does anyone know the pro driver Andre Vandenberg? Hope he pulls through.
Dallas man dies from injuries at event at TMS
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By BILL MILLER
A Dallas man has died from injuries he received Saturday as a passenger in a high-performance car that wrecked during an event held to honor blood donors.
Fred Donald "Don" Krusemark, 87, died at 1:18 a.m. Monday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
Krusemark, a Navy veteran of World War II, was taken to the hospital by a CareFlite helicopter after the wreck at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
He was among more than 100 people invited to the donor appreciation event sponsored by Carter BloodCare. The daylong outing paired the donors with professional drivers who took them for laps in Corvettes at the speedway.
The driver of the car, Andre Vandenberg, 53, of Lewisville was in critical condition Tuesday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
"It's a terrible tragedy," said Linda Goelzer, spokeswoman for Carter BloodCare. "This was intended to be a celebration for people who do a lot."
Goelzer said she did not know Krusemark, but he was fondly remembered by others at Carter BloodCare.
"This man gave of himself, literally, to save lives, and he gave frequently," she said. "He was one of those remarkable individuals who made time consistently, and we're very, very sorry."
Krusemark donated blood and blood platelets six or more times a year, which earned him the invitation to select one of several donor appreciation events, Goelzer said.
Last year was the first time Carter BloodCare offered the ride-alongs at TMS, she said.
Participants this year were treated to refreshments and were issued helmets, suits and other official gear. And, with so many participants, they rode in shifts, Goelzer said.
The car carrying Krusemark "lost control on the race track," according to Fort Worth police records.
No other details were available from police because they did not do a detailed investigation of the wreck. State law does not require them to investigate wrecks on private property.
However, a witness, Santos Flores of Denton, said he saw the car blow a tire, spin out of control and strike a retaining wall.
A spokesman for TMS said the track was being rented for the event and referred questions to Texas Driving Experience of Fort Worth, which provided the cars and the drivers.
Company officials declined to comment.
Krusemark's family members, in a statement obtained Tuesday, indicated that they will press the company for answers.
"To date Texas Driving Experience has not been cooperative in providing information about the incident," the statement said. "We intend to look into the facts and circumstances of the incident and the safety of the program."
The family described Krusemark as an "incredibly young 87 years old," who was very active at St. Rita Catholic Parish, and the Catholic community of Dallas.
"He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather," the family said. "This is a devastating loss to our family."
Staff writer Melody McDonald contributed to this report, which also includes information from The Associated Press.
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Last edited by Bark3rd; 05-18-2010 at 07:57 PM.
|05-19-2010, 10:07 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2005
Chapter/Region: E. Canada
It is a tragedy. Especially since this was an event to give thanks to so many people.
Sometimes accidents just happen, and unfortunately too often the results are horrible.
My condolences to all involved.
|05-19-2010, 10:58 AM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2006
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Yeah, that's sad. But at 87, it takes a lot less than a crash on a race track to kill you.
|05-19-2010, 12:36 PM||#4|
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