Coroner: 2 killed in Marysville racetrack crash died of trauma


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A teenager and man killed in a crash at Marysville Raceway Park in Northern California died of blunt force trauma, coroner’s officials said.

Marcus Johnson, 14, and Dale Wondergem Jr., 68, were killed Saturday night when a winged sprint car doing warm-up laps went into the pit area where they were standing.


Yuba County coroner’s officials said Johnson died of trauma to the head, chest and abdomen, Fox40 in Sacramento reported. Wondergem died from trauma to the head and chest.

Wondergem died at the scene. Johnson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Johnson was a cousin of the driver, Chase Johnson, who was not hurt.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press it was looking into whether the car’s detachable steering wheel may have been faulty, potentially causing the driver to lose control.


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— Ian McDonald, Fox40 in Sacramento