Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pocono Raceway, NASCAR sued over fan's death by lightning strike


   The widow of a race fan killed at Pocono Raceway two years ago from a lightning strike filed suit against the track and NASCAR last week just before the two-year statute of limitations was set to expire.

   Brian Zimmerman, 41, was killed on Aug. 5, 2012, in the parking lot behind the main frontstretch grandstands at Pocono Raceway as a severe thunderstorm struck the area around the track in Long Pond, Pa. Ten people were hit in two separate lightning strikes.

   In the wrongful death suit filed Aug. 1 in Pennsylvania, Zimmerman's widow, Marion, alleges the track and NASCAR were aware of the weather more than 40 minutes before the strike that killed her husband and didn't do enough to notify fans.

   NASCAR officials said Saturday they do not comment on pending litigation.

   To read the Pocono Record's coverage of the suit, go here.

   To read coverage from The Observer of the race in question, go here.



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