Friends and family of Ryan Peters gathered on Friday night to remember a young man who made a difference in their lives and someone who was an avid racing fan at Windy Hollow Speedway.
It was a difficult night for those who knew Ryan as they stood together at the speedway, the place he was hit by a car Sunday night. The accident that later led to his death.
"He was a wonderful man. A very caring man," said Janice Peters, Ryan's grandmother.
Janice had raised Ryan since he was 3-years-old. She said although he could be quiet, he was the type of guy that would do anything for anyone at any time, and a guy who had a future.
"He had great plans," Janice said.
His favorite place to be was the speedway and his love was racing. He spent time working on cars and had even been a driver himself.
"It was everything. It was his passion," Janice told 14 News.
Janice said Friday night's vigil at the track was the best way for people to remember Ryan, a man not only loved by his family and friends, but also by those who too loved racing.
"I think it's just a way for everybody that cared about him to express their love for him. I see the same type of love that I saw at the funeral. It was a packed house," Janice said.
Janice said that Ryan's family is made of more than those that are related by blood, it's made of those who shared his passion and those who cheered with him during a race from the sidelines of the track.
"The racing family has been tremendous in this situation. I never dreamed that they were as close knit of a family as they are," Janice told 14 News.
Authorities are still looking into the accident that happened Sunday night. A spokesperson for the track said this was the first death that has ever happened at the track and the speedway is saddened by the tragic incident.
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