Justin Bonnett, who was injured in an incident during the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway (FL), has been moved from Intensive Care (ICU) and will undergo two surgeries on Wednesday according to a statement released by his team.
In the incident, Bonnett suffered burns to his hands, face and neck, as well as compound fractures of the tibia and fibula.
“Justin has been moved from ICU and into a regular room,” the statement reads. “He is now off oxygen and breathing well on his own. Justin is currently scheduled to undergo two surgeries [Wednesday] to place rods in his left leg and a procedure to tend to his burns.”
Bonnett was involved in a lap 54 incident which started when Jarrett Parker lost brakes entering turn three, spun, and slid up the racing surface in front of traffic. Bonnett collided with Parker, shearing the fuel cell from Parker’s machine. The fuel cell then erupted in flames, bringing an immediate halt to the race as the fire was extinguished and track workers rushed to pull Bonnett from his car.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, concerns and messages. The love and support shown for Justin in this difficult time has been nothing short of phenomenal. Justin says, ‘It is truly an honor to have all of the support, thanks everyone for everything.’”
A GoFundMe page has been established to assist with Bonnett's medical costs. Fans can offer their support by clicking here.
Speed51 offers its thoughts and prayers to Bonnett and his family at this time and wish him a speedy recovery.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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