No criminal charges pressed in deadly crash at Crowley's Ridge Raceway

No criminal charges pressed in deadly crash at Crowley's Ridge Raceway

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Sheriff's Department has completed their investigation into a juvenile's death at Crowley's Ridge Raceway.

Sheriff David Carter told Region 8 News the fatal wreck has been ruled as an accident and no criminal charges will be filed.

The sheriff's department was dispatched to the raceway around 9:30 Saturday night, along with Greene County Rescue Squad, Western Greene County Fire Department and EMTs.

When deputies arrived on scene, they were taken to the west side of the raceway where the race cars are staged and enter the track.

According to Carter, the boy was standing near a retaining wall in this area when the wreck occurred.

"The car appeared to lose control around the curb and somehow it got airborne and landed on the retaining wall where the child was standing," Carter said.

Carter said the incident was a horrible accident and the department's prayers go out to the family.

The Associated Press states Ross Curtner of Brookland died as a result of the crash.

The boy attended Brookland Middle School where teachers spent the day Monday helping students deal with the loss of a fellow classmate.

The school brought in extra counselors from Mid-South Health Systems to talk with children struggling with the death.

Junior and Senior High Counselor Nancy Rodriguez said the day started off very slowly, but the students began to cope with the loss throughout the day.

"Just them getting together and having that time to share memories was good," Rodriguez said. "Some of the counselors walked into rooms and talked to the kids a lot today and I think that helped a lot."

During first period a statement was read to the school regarding the incident and letting the students know they could talk to a counselor if needed.

Orange ribbons were also passed out to students in memory of their classmate. According to Rodriguez, orange was his favorite color.

Students were also given the opportunity to write memories or letters to the family. The letters were all put into a box and will be delivered to the family later this week.

Counselors will be on hand throughout the week for any students needing help in dealing with this tragedy.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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