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Dan Wheldon @ 33 (In Memorial)Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
An autopsy completed today indicates that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
(CLEVELAND) - Dan Wheldon, the 2011 winner of the Indianapolis 500, perhaps the most well-known racing competition in the world, lost his life in a tragic crash this week in Las Vegas, at the age of 33
The English race driver was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion, and in he won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 as well as this year's event. He died from injuries shortly after a collision at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, 16 October 2011.
Wikipedia explains that the crash involved 15 cars and happened during lap 11 of the race. Described as a multi-car pile-up, the violent and ultimately tragic crash, resulted in a red flag.
Trapped inside of his car, Dan Wheldon had to be extricated. He was airlifted to a local hospital with "serious injuries" and subsequently died at 1:54 PDT. An autopsy completed today indicates that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
The IndyCar officials and drivers decided that the race would be abandoned, and that a five-lap salute would be held in Wheldon's honour, with his number 77 being displayed alone at the top of the scoring pylon.
It was revealed after his death by Michael Andretti, that Dan Wheldon had signed with Andretti Autosport for a multi-year deal to replace driver Danica Patrick. The race Sunday was abandoned after the crash, and a five-lap salute was held in honor of this extremely talented and widely admired fellow drive.
Dan Wheldon @ 33 (In Memorial)
Entertainment! Oops, gambling don’t put the cart before the horse,
$5 million bonus check in victorious starting from the back of the field,
“Things happen in this kind of racing” said Wade Cunningham, that’s crap,
Accidents at this level do not just happen they are cause by carelessness,
Everything happened so fast, such a grand scale it mirrored a Vegas review,
Just 11-laps the green flag had barely stopped waving when disaster struck,
He was unable to avoid the massive wreck before him & ditto the negligence,
Video shows the Indy Champs racecar airborne and not like our Army Rangers,
By Luke Easter
_____________________________________________Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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