A NASCAR fan who was struck by shrapnel after a crash at Daytona International Speedway in Florida is pursuing legal remedies for his traumatic brain injury.
On the last lap of the 2013 race, a collision sent Kyle Larson’s No. 32 car flying, and shrapnel was hurled into the stands, injuring fans. Allen Davis was seated in the upper deck of the stadium and suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit in the head with debris.
Davis’ family released medical records showing that he suffered from a depressed skull fracture that required treatment in an intensive care unit. Doctors said that bone fragments from Davis’ skull lacerated the dura, which is the outside of the brain, causing his brain injury.
Davis’ injuries were the most severe consequences of the crash for fans, although 28 other spectators were also injured by debris.
According to Davis’ attorney, it was foreseeable that an injury like this could occur. The catch fence, designed to keep cars and car parts out of the stands, did not function properly when the crash occurred. One of the weakest parts of the catch fence is the crossover gate, which is a removable section that is taken out before and after the race to allow the fans to walk to the infield.
Representatives of Daytona International Speedway said that the track is making changes, such as changing the crossover gate and strengthening the catch fence.