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Del Mar

Friends of Donald L. Williams, the roller coaster maintenance worker who died Saturday at the Del Mar Fair, have set up a memorial trust for his wife and 3-month-old daughter, said Jim Stewart, director of media relations for the fair.

Williams, 24, an employee of Ray Cammack Shows, died when he was hit from behind by a roller coaster car, after he climbed on the track while the ride was in operation. Why he climbed on the track is unknown.

The roller coaster, the Hi Miler, was closed for inspection after the accident. It reopened but was again shut down Sunday because a sprocket wheel that pulls the cars broke. As soon as a replacement sprocket is found, the ride will reopen, Stewart said.

Checks, payable to Tina Williams and family, can be sent to the Donald Williams Memorial Fund, Ray Cammack Shows, c/o Del Mar Fair, Del Mar CA 92014. The checks will be forwarded to the company when the fair is over July 7, Stewart said.

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