Tragic Accident

Go-kart crash outside Texas Motor Speedway ends in tragedy for 14-year-old driver

Go-kart crash outside Texas Motor Speedway ends in tragedy

Kierstin Eaddy
Kierstin Eaddy, 14, died July 20 in a go-kart accident.

A 14-year-old Flower Mound girl was killed in a single-person go-kart crash outside Texas Motor Speedway on July 20. Kierstin Eaddy was an experienced go-kart driver participating in an autcross event held by the Sports Car Club of America.

According to reports from the scene of the crash, Eaddy's vehicle accelerated past the finish line and plowed into a fence, knocking off the girl's helmet. Eaddy was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead.

Sergeant Raymond Bush with the Fort Worth Police Department says the investigation into the crash is ongoing. "We're treating it as an accident right now," he says. "We don't know if there was a mechanical failure or if the driver experienced a distress of some kind. All we know is she was driving and failed to stop."

Bush say the department's traffic investigation unit typically takes two to three days to generate a summary report. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's autopsy report and cause of death is pending.

In a statement, club president Lisa Noble expressed her condolences to the girl's family and friends.

"All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday's tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy," Noble said. "We are a club of families and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor.

"Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin's family, friends and the participants at Sunday's event."