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Wheldon tragedy

October 17, 2011 - Ron Deuter
Common sense would dictate that a person traveling more than 225 miles per hour in a car might die if he crashes, but that doesn’t make the news of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s passing any less shocking or sad.

What struck me most, as someone the same age as Wheldon, was the fact he was a father to two young children, a 2-year old son and another son born earlier in this year. As a father to three little ones, I couldn’t even imagine...

The other thing that got to me about this terrible tragedy was the constant re-running of the crash on TV. Then when I came in to work Monday morning and began looking for pictures off the AP wire for the day’s paper, I was really amazed to see not only pictures of the crash, but also shots of Wheldon being wheeled off the track on a stretcher — all available for download and use as desired.

I wonder how many papers run those pictures.

I dug a little deeper and found a shot of him after his second Indy 500 win back in May.

Much happier times for his family, his fans and the sport. And, in my view, the most fitting way to remember him.



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