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Street Outlaws driver Ryan Fellows family sues Discovery following fatal crash

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Last year, Street Outlaws driver Ryan Fellows lost his life following a crash on “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America.” Today, according to TMZ Sports, his family has filed a lawsuit against the Discovery Channel.

His family claims that the TV network put his life at risk for financial gain. They claim that the race was on an unsafe road.

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Lawsuit Stock Photo (Photo by Istockphoto)

The family is pursuing legal action against Warner Bros. Discovery and Lions Gate Entertainment. They claim that the media companies are negligent in his death.

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The lawsuit alleges that the road was “dusty, weather-beaten, rough asphalt” in the Las Vegas desert. It also claims that this road did not meet the industry safety standards for any drag racing event.

Fellows was killed following a fiery crash during filming for the show. He lost control of his vehicle when he was racing another competitor near the finish line.

That’s when his vehicle began to roll and eventually catch fire. Ultimately, this led to Fellows death.

The family alleges in the lawsuit that the road was not wide enough. The lawsuit claims that the roadway was 12 feet wide.

However, the industry standard, the lawsuit alleges, is 30 feet. They also claim that the road had broken asphalt and gravel on the shoulders instead of a barrier.

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The lawsuit also says that there were other crashes during filming for the show. This resulted in cars that flipped and caught fire.

Fellows’ family believed that the asphalt caused the cars to lose traction as there was no room for the driver to correct themselves. They blame Warner Bros. Discovery because they claim “Warner Bros. Discovery knew it was extremely dangerous to hold races on the roadway.”

They also allege that Warner Bros. Discovery could have moved filming to another location. However, they did not do so.

Fellows allegedly burned on fire, according to the lawsuit, for more than 30 minutes before he was removed from the car. The lawsuit alleges that he was too badly burned and died following this lengthy ordeal.

The lawsuit says that he rolled several times before his car came to a rest upside down and burst into flames.

Following the crash and death, the lawsuit claims that the filming was moved to California, where it was finished on a 75-foot-wide dragstrip.

The family wants punitive and compensatory damages.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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