Prize for blood donor ends in death at Speedway




Posted on May 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 1:54 PM

FORT WORTH — Texas Driving Experience promises a safe, educational, fun day on the track at Texas Motor Speedway.

But 87-year-old Don Krusemark died after his ride on Saturday.

A family friend said Don Krusemark's parents lived to be 100, and he planned to do the same. So he signed up for a Saturday ride-along, hoping to go 100 mph with a professional driver behind the wheel.

A witness told News 8 that Krusemark was a passenger in a Chevrolet Corvette, making laps in the late afternoon.

There were four cars on the track. One of them was passing Krusemark's Corvette at a turn when his car hit the wall and ended up in the infield.

Krusemark and another person were taken by helicopter ambulance to Fort Worth hospitals. John Peter Smith Hospital said Krusemark was taken off life support Monday morning.

Dawn Stokes, the owner of Texas Driving Experience, had no comment about the accident or the condition of the second person in the Corvette, who was believed to be the driver.

The Krusemark family said they will speak out about what happened on the track sometime soon.

A family friend said Krusemark, a father of six, was deeply involved with his Catholic parish and in perfect health.

That Saturday joy ride was given to Krusemark as a thank you for all the blood he donated.

Texas Motor Speedway officials said they were aware of the accident, but not involved. Texas Driving Experience leases the track from the Speedway, which had medics on standby, as stipulated in its contract.