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Car show toll rises to six

Three teenage girls are among the victims of the crash in Tennessee.

Published June 18, 2007


SELMER, Tenn. - There were no guard rails between the crowds of spectators and a public highway where a drag-racing car bolted out of control, killing six people during a charity fundraising event.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol did not comment Sunday about road conditions or safety procedures during the Saturday evening parade of cars.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said the six who were killed included two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl. The crash injured 18 others, including a 5-year-old boy.

Authorities on Sunday identified the driver as pro drag racer Troy Warren Critchley, an Australian who is based in Wylie, Texas. He suffered minor injuries.

There were no criminal charges against Critchley, Browning said.

Nick Staples, who was at the show with his wife and three children from Columbus, Miss., said he was standing 20 feet from where the car plowed into the audience.

"There should have been guard rails, " Staples said. "But even if there had been, it wouldn't have mattered."

Cars for Kids holds several events throughout the nation and raises close to $200, 000 annually for charities that help children in need, according to its Web site.

A statement of apology was posted on the Web site Sunday: "The loss is deep within our hearts and we will carry the scars of each loss forever."

The charity was formed in 1990, two years after founder Larry Price's son, Chad, suffered a severe head injury in a bicycle crash. Price promised that if his son was saved from lifelong injuries, he would spend the rest of his life raising funds for disabled children, according to the Web site.

[Last modified June 18, 2007, 01:00:45]

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