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Pro Race Crash Claims Life of Local Driver

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

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.


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