Forty-nine-year-old Calvin Carrington was killed Saturday night at a monster truck race in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Officials say an SUV in a dirt track race struck Carrington and other bystanders in the pit area.
Back at home in Boston, Georgia, friends and family are in shock.
Conrad Engle, a family friend, says, "He has more friends in this town than you could shake a stick at. He was a kind man, he was a generous man."
Friends say Carrington moved to Boston years ago where he opened his shop Wildfire Automotive. He was a regular at the Boston Main Street Cafe where memories were made.
Bill Carson, a friend, says, "We had the entire kindergarten class come over and he took all them for a ride, including the teachers and chaperones who wanted a ride as well, and Calvin loved that as much as anything."
As a professional driver, Calvin spent a lot of time on the road, but he called Boston home, and here in a town where it seems everybody knows everyone, friends say Calvin was a great person to know.
Engle adds, "He's a man you're drawn to almost automatically, no matter how bad a day you may be having, he shows up, everything changes."
Now as an entire community mourns the loss of a friend their thoughts are on his family. Among them, Calvin Carrington leaves behind a wife and young son.
The tragic accident that took Carrington's life is under investigation by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
Meanwhile, organizers of the event say the tragedy was a freak accident.