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Identity released of man killed in deadly wreck at local race track

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Ryan Peters. (Courtesy: Facebook) Ryan Peters. (Courtesy: Facebook)
Heavy damage to fencing protecting the grandstand, one light pole smashed in half, caution tape on the bleachers. Heavy damage to fencing protecting the grandstand, one light pole smashed in half, caution tape on the bleachers.

One person was killed and two other hurt after an accident at a local race track.

The Daviess County Sheriff's Office said it happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday night at Windy Hollow Speedway, located at 3741 Windy Hollow Road.

Officials said 21-year-old Ryan Peters, of Owensboro, was watching from the pits when he was hit by a car. 

Several witnesses at the race told deputies that one car may have stuck another car during a turn, causing it to crash into the track wall. The car then slammed into a utility pole before striking Peters and two other spectators near the pit area of the track.

All three were hurt and taken to the hospital for treatment. Deputies said Peters died at the hospital as a result of blunt force trauma.

A spokesperson with Windy Hollow Speedway said this was the first death in the speedway's history since it first opened in 1970.

"What happened last night is very tragic. Of course our thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to the families of those involved," speedway spokesperson, Evelyn McCarthy said.

The speedway told 14 News that they are doing an internal investigation.

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