Danica's Car Hits Crew Member

Mechanic has concussion after accident in pit row
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 10:35 AM CDT
Danica's Car Hits Crew Member
Charles Buckman, a crewman for Dale Coyne Racing, is treated by crewmen and emergency personnel after he was struck by a car driven by Danica Patrick.    (AP Photo/Tom Strickland)

Danica Patrick, racing's rising star, clipped a crew member yesterday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Patrick—who became the first woman to win an Indy Car race last month—struck the 63-year-old mechanic in pit row with both left tires and sent him flying through air, the Indianapolis Star reports. He suffered a concussion and bruises but is otherwise OK. Meanwhile, drivers compete for the pole position today for the May 25 race.

“It’s really, really unfortunate what happened," said Patrick. "Thoughts and prayers are with him, with his family, and hopefully he can get back to the track soon and be able to do what he loves.” She declined to discuss how it happened. “She must have hit him big-time, then he walloped the ground,” said witness Mario Andretti. “It was like, bam!” (Read more Danica Patrick stories.)

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