Crowley's Ridge Raceway owner's Facebook post sparks questions

Crowley's Ridge Raceway owner's Facebook post sparks questions

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A horrible accident happened at Crowley's Ridge Raceway Saturday night, leaving one juvenile dead.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident and officially ruled it as an accident.

According to the official police report, the incident happened on the "west side of the raceway where vehicles were staged and entered the track."

Region 8 News discovered a Facebook post made by the Crowley's Ridge Raceway owner Trent Francis questioning the safety of a part of the raceway.

The post stated, "I need to install more fencing to make it safer for spectators, that's supposed to be the staging area."

This statement was posted on the owner's personal page on Sept. 7, eleven days before the deadly crash.

The post is public on Facebook.

Region 8 News reached out to Francis Wednesday for comment on the wreck and the raceway in general.

Francis would not go on camera, but did tell Region 8 News there is fencing at the track and this was a horrible accident.

He also said the track insurance has covered the raceway for the incident.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter said the area where the boy was standing was restricted, but many spectators have stood there before.

"It is actually a restricted area," Carter said. "They are not supposed to be there. They are supposed to be in the stands. For some reason it was just a freak accident and he was standing there."

The sheriff said the wreck is ruled as an accident and no criminal charges will be filed.

Francis has asked everyone to keep the family and everyone involved in the accident in their prayers.

This is the only accident that has happened in the 29 years at the racetrack, according to Francis.

The Crowley's Ridge Raceway will hold a moment of silence for Ross Curtner before Saturday's races.

Donations will also be accepted for the family and everyone is encouraged to wear orange in memory of Curtner because it was his favorite color.

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