A racing accident
Sunday afternoon at the Thompson International Speedway claimed the life
of race driver Shane Hammond of Halifax, MA. The accident occurred on
the third lap of a scheduled 25-lap Northeast Midget Association (NEMA)
feature event race.
“Everyone at the Thompson Speedway is saddened by this tragic
loss,” said track Owner, Donald Hoenig. “Words can not express how we at
Thompson and the entire racing community feel at this time. We extend
our deepest sympathies to Shane’s family, friends and to his many fans.
Shane Hammond was a very talented young driver who had impressed many
with his natural ability.”
The 27 year old Mr. Hammond was transported to the Day
Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT where he was pronounced dead shortly
after arrival. Connecticut State Police are investigating the accident.
Connecticut State Police has indicated that the investigation remains
open and active at this time.