MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- A motorist who struck 22 pedestrians following Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway, injuring several and sending more than one to Memorial Hospital, has been charged.
Monday Virginia State police charged Gary T. Edem, 65, of Fairfax, Virginia, is charged with reckless driving. Edem has also been placed on an unsecured bond of $7,500.
Twelve of the people who were injured were taken to a hospital in Martinsville for treatment. They are:
Additional charges are pending.
Witness Roger Wolfe of Morgantown, W.Va., told USA TODAY Sports a driver in a black convertible was lined up in traffic waiting to exit the speedway. The driver pulled out of line, hit a Jeep, then struck “six or seven people and ran one person all the way over,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe said the driver appeared to be “out of it.”
“He didn’t know where he was or what he did,” Wolfe said. “You could hear the screams for help,” he said. “They must have had 15, 20 police cars and ambulances down there. The guy who got ran over had a sheet up to his neck. I figured he was pretty bad off.”
Track spokesman Brooks Taylor confirmed the incident in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
“It doesn’t appear that there were any life-threatening injuries,” Taylor said. “Those that could be evaluated and treated here (at Martinsville’s care center) were. Others were taken to Memorial Hospital.”
One person was taken into custody, Taylor said.
Wolfe said the front of the driver’s convertible was “smashed up” from striking the pedestrians, who were lined up at a helipad where autograph-seekers gather in hopes of getting signatures from departing NASCAR drivers after the race.
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