By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Sprint Car driver Ashlea Albertson has passed away. She was 24.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, in a social media post on her Facebook Racing page, her father made a tearful post saying that his daughter was in a motor vehicle accident and succumbed to her injuries.
“Today, I lost a teammate,” Tony Stewart said in a Facebook post. “Ashlea Albertson Racing had an infectious personality and could light up any room. She was a great race car driver that was involved in a road rage accident and lost her life. In the past, I’ve also gotten caught up in road rage. I hope that we can honor Ashlea by controlling what we can control on the highway.
“Losing her is a sobering reminder of how precious life is. Please join me in keeping her family and friends in your prayers.”
According to Wish TV, she was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an incident on I-65. Albertson passed away after being life-flighted to the University of Louisville Hospital.
The incident happened around 11:30 am local time. A vehicle driven by Austin Cooper and Jacob Kelly was rapidly accelerating.
“Evidence from the scene, including video footage captured by another vehicle, indicated that the two drivers began accelerating rapidly and refused to allow the other vehicle to pass,” the release said.
Cooper allegedly crossed in front of Kelly, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The two vehicles crashed into each other and impact caused Albertson to be ejected from the vehicle after it had rolled over.
Kelly and Albertson were flown to the University of Louisville Hospital. Cooper and his passenger were transported to another hospital.
No arrests have been made at this time, according to Wish-TV. The drivers had blood drawn and toxicology tests were not available yet.
“With deep sadness and broken hearts we are sorry to have say we as a racing family lost Ashlea Albertson today,” Circle City Raceway said in a Facebook post. “She always had a smile on her face and time for her fans. She was a regular at Circle City Raceway and she will be missed by all of her racing family and friends.
“Please keep all of her family, friends, and fans in your prayers and thoughts as they are all going through this difficult time together. May GOD hold all of you as we all go through the loss of such a beautiful soul taken to soon. #ashlea4ever”© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.