Shane Hammond, 27, was killed yesterday when the race car he was driving was involved in a wreck on the season’s first weekend of competition at Thompson International Speedway.
The crash, the second at the track in eight months, happened just after 1 p.m. during the fourth lap of a Northeastern Midget Association feature, part of the season-opening Icebreaker.
Mr. Hammond’s car collided with one driven by Chris Leonard of Pelham, N.H., then went over a concrete wall and through a billboard, according to witnesses. The car also overturned.
Mr. Hammond was pronounced dead at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, according to Connecticut state police.