IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies at 37 from Injuries Sustained in Accident During Race
The IndyCar driver suffered an injury to the head on Sunday when he was struck with debris from another driver's car
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday, one day after suffering a head injury during a race in Pennsylvania.
IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday night, the Associated Press reports.
On Sunday, Wilson was hit in the head by a piece of debris from another driver’s car that crashed into a wall. After being hit, the 37-year-old crashed into an interior wall at the Pocono Raceway.
The British driver was flown to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital where he remained in a coma until his death.
IndyCar reportedly transported Wilson’s wife Julia from Colorado to Pennsylvania after the accident. His brother, Stefan, who is also an Indycar driver, reportedly flew on racing champ Tony Stewart’s plane to get to his brother’s side.
“Can’t even begin to describe the loss I feel right now,” Stefan Tweeted on Monday night. “He was my Brother, my best friend, my role model and mentor. He was a champion!”
In a follow-up Tweet Stefan revealed this Justin’s organs were being donated. “He never stopped giving & caring for others. Even at this time,” Stefan wrote. “He had pre-chosen to donate his organs to help others in need. #myherojw”
According to AP, IndyCar has recently overhauled its rule book in an attempt to keep drivers safe, but the part of the car that flew off and injured Wilson was not a tethered part.
“Motor racing is never going to be 100 percent safe. If it was, there would be nobody in the grandstands,” Mario Andretti, a champion driver, told AP. “But we’ve come a very, very far way in terms of safety. Now this will be looked at and addressed appropriately.”
Wilson is survived by his wife and two children.