PHILADELPHIA – A jury has ruled that a Pennsylvania racetrack didn’t cause harm to a man killed by lightning minutes after an August 2012 NASCAR race was stopped.
The Pocono Record reports (http://bit.ly/29Qt3oo ) the jury ruled in favour of Pocono Raceway and NASCAR on Monday, finding the racetrack negligent, but not a “factual cause” of any harm to Brian Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was killed in the parking lot outside the main grandstands of the racetrack.
The suit says the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 4:12 p.m. The race was stopped at 4:54 p.m. and Zimmerman was killed about five minutes later.
The racetrack sent out two tweets before he died advising fans to seek shelter. Zimmerman didn’t have a smartphone.
The racetrack didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Information from: Pocono Record, http://www.poconorecord.com/