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Driver charged after injuring 22 pedestrians at NASCAR race



Almost two dozen pedestrians at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., were struck by a car in a parking lot after the NASCAR race Sunday. The motorist was taken into custody for questioning. (Oct. 31)

AP

The motorist who injured 22 pedestrians after Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway was arrested on a reckless driving charge, the Virginia State Police announced Monday.

The male driver, who was not identified, appeared before a magistrate late Sunday and bond was set at $7,500, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.

“State police are still working to determine the exact cause of the crashes and additional charges are pending consultation with Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Nester,” Geller wrote.

A message left with Nester was not immediately returned.

Geller told USA TODAY Sports that more information would be released Monday afternoon.

Nine people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Those injured ranged in age from 13 to 65.

The driver of a Chevrolet SSR convertible was in a handicapped parking area when the incident took place about an hour after the race concluded. The driver attempted to pass a Jeep while in traffic when the vehicle struck the pedestrians.

“He didn’t know where he was or what he did,” witness Roger Wolfe of Morgantown, W.Va., told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “You could hear the screams for help. They must have had 15, 20 police cars and ambulances down there. The guy who got ran over had a sheet up to his neck. I figured he was pretty bad off.”

Geller said previously that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Contribuing: Jeff Gluck

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