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Driver and Track Worker Killed

July 15, 1996

TORONTO (AP) _ Driver Jeff Krosnoff and course worker Gary Arvin were killed in a crash late in Sunday’s Toronto Molson-Indy.

Dr. Hugh Scully, medical director for the race, said Krosnoff, a 31-year-old Indy-car rookie from La Canada, Calif., and Arvin, who was from Calgary, Alberta, were both killed instantly in the incident that came during the 92nd lap of the scheduled 95-lap event.

Race officials said Barbara Johnston of Ypsilanti, Mich., another course worker, was in good condition at a Toronto hospital after being treated for a lacerated head and was expected to be released later Sunday.

The accident occurred when Krosnoff made wheel-to-wheel contact with the car driven by Stefan Johansson on the fastest part of the temporary road circuit that runs through the downtown Exhibition Place.

Krosnoff’s Reynard-Toyota soared high into the air, sailing above the heads of several course workers standing behind the concrete barriers lining the course. His car smashed hard into the catch-fencing above the wall and spun wildly with pieces scattering across the race course and the battered cockpit stopping against the opposite wall.

Johansson, Andre Ribeiro and Emerson Fittipaldi, all of whom were involved in the incident, wound up parked in a runoff area at the end of the Lakeshore Boulevard straightaway.

Scully said, ``Effectively, both were killed instantly. There was no suffering on the part of either of them.″

He said Krosnoff died of ``massive head and chest injuries, skeletal wounds and complete cardiac arrest.″

The Toronto coroner’s office was investigating both deaths and details of Arvin’s injuries were being withheld.

Dr. Steve Olvey, medical director for Championship Auto Racing Teams, which sanctions the PPG Indy Car World Series, was on the scene quickly and made attempts to resuscitate Krosnoff, who never regained consciousness. He was pronounced death at a Toronto Hospital at 4:20 p.m. EDT, about 30 minutes after the accident.

Krosnoff is the first driver to die as the result of a crash during a CART race since the organization began sanctioning events in 1979. The last Indy-car driver to die of injuries sustained in a race was Swede Savage, who succumbed to injuries two weeks after being injured during the 1973 Indianapolis 500.

Scott Brayton was killed in May in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Other Indy-car drivers killed in crashes during practice or qualifying since 1973 include Gordon Smiley at Indianapolis and Jim Hickman at Milwaukee in 1982 and Jovy Marcello at Indianapolis in 1994.

A corner worker, Jean-Patrick Heine of Montreal, was killed when he was hit by a race car at Vancouver in the inaugural Indy-car event there in 1990.

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