Lawrence County EMS crews responded to a racing incident at Thunderhill Raceway on Saturday night. The racing program was into the FWD Mini-Stock event just after 9:00 p.m. when racer Melissa Cothran hit the wall in turn four after she and another driver made contact. After the contact between the two cars, Cothran’s racecar turned up the track and she impacted the wall almost head on.
Fans reported that Cothran was resuscitated by the EMS crew and was was transported to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. With severe injuries, Cothran was then airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, for further care. She succumbed to her injuries early Sunday morning.
Melissa Cothran and her brother Ricky both raced at the 1/3-mile high banked oval dirt track in different classes. Ricky is currently in a tightly contested championship battle in the EMod class at Thunderhill. Melissa was 6th place in the RWD Mini-Stock class.
Thunderhill Raceway released a statement on their Facebook fanpage concerning the incident:
“We are deeply saddened by the events that happened at the track last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and everyone one that was at the track last night. We hope that everyone will pray and give the family the space they need to deal with this tragic situation.”
OneDirt.com wishes to expresses our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Melissa Cothran. A quick check of her Facebook page shows what kind of a person Melissa was, and why she was so well liked by fellow competitors and fans. Rest in peace racer.