His team said a crew member and freshly married bride from the Nascar pit were killed during their honeymoon in a collision into the Florida Keys.
William “Rowdy” Harrell, 30, who was a member of the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew, drove with his wife, 23-year-old Blakley, when on Tuesday night at the Mathematical Lower Matecumbe Key, the oncoming traffic drove on the U.S. 1 midline. Herald reported.
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The car crashed into a Ford F-250 van frontally, killing the couple declared dead on the spot, the outlet wrote.
The 62-year-old driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries, while two of his passengers — a 58-year-old Tennessee woman and a 62-year-old Florida woman — suffered serious injuries and were transported to hospitals, the paper reported.
Everyone involved in the collision wore a seat belt, the Miami Herald reported.
Road authorities are investigating whether alcohol played a role in cash.
Concord, U.S.-based Hendrick Motorsports, where Harrell has been a member of the pit’s crew for eight seasons, has issued a statement confirming the couple’s death.
The Harrells visited the Florida resort on their honeymoon after tying the knot on Nov. 22, the team said.
“Our entire team was completely destroyed by the loss of Rowdy and Blakley,” said Harrell crew chief Greg Ives. “They were positive, generous and passionate people who couldn’t have been more perfect.”
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Ives remembered Rowdy as an “energetic and contagious personality”.
Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and loved him in return. Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will still always inspire us, ”Ives said.
Prior to his NASCAR career, Harrell won three leagues as a linebacker for the University of Alabama football team, NBC Sports reported. He also played football at Hale County High School in Moundville, Alabama.