Bronson Speedway flagman Bud Howell was struck and killed during a spectator racing event at the Archer, Florida track Sunday, according to the Ocala Star Banner.

Authorities were called to the track after the driver of a pickup truck, who was racing a small car on the racing surface in a spectator event, spun into the track’s infield.  Howell, 49, was struck by the pickup.

Levy County Sherriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond said Howell was transported to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

Today the track released this statement on Facebook regarding the incident.

“Bronson Speedway owners Ann and Chris Young, along with the entire staff are in mourning today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Flagman Bud Howell, his family, friends and all who love him.

“We pray God’s healing love will surround Bud’s family and the entire racing family at Bronson Speedway. A memorial will be announced in the coming days. We thank all who sent posts and messages of thoughts and prayers.”

There is currently a joint investigation between Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol into the incident. will have more on the incident as further details are available.

Photo Courtesy of Kathleen Veit

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