A Nascar pit crew member and his bride were killed in a head-on collision on their honeymoon to the Florida Keys.
William “Rowdy” Harrell was a pit crew member for Hendrick Motorsports. He was driving with his wife, Blakley when he veered over the center line on US 1 into oncoming traffic Tuesday night in the Florida Keys.
The car crashed into an F-250 pickup truck, killing the couple. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The 62-year-old driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries, while his two passengers were critically injured and airlifted to hospitals.
The Concord, N.C.-based Hendrick Motorsports, where Harrell has been a pit crew member for eight seasons, released a statement.
Greg Ives, who was Harrell’s crew chief for the past six seasons said,
“Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley.”
They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match….Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always.
Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family.”
Everyone involved in the collision was wearing seatbelts, the Miami Herald reported.
The couple were just married on November 22. Highway authorities are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the cash.
Prior to his NASCAR career, Harrell won three championships as a linebacker for the University of Alabama.
Rowdy Harrell was 30. Blakely Harrell was 23.
Rowdy was everything that made the 88 team, the 88 team. The biggest personality and the best person. He was the happiest person you’d ever meet, and that was only reenforced by his wife Blakley. Rip to an absolute legend. You’ll be missed every single day brother. pic.twitter.com/ouvflY1M7h— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) November 25, 2020
Devastated.— Greg Ives (@Ives_Greg) November 25, 2020
It has been a tough morning talking with teammates. The news hit us hard.
We are thinking of the families affected by this tragedy and wanted their consent before releasing a statement. https://t.co/arDUxT4S8E
Rowdy Harrell was a wonderful teammate and friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this devastating time.— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) November 25, 2020
Roll Tide, Rowdy pic.twitter.com/pYhHPYdjS9
(Photo, Facebook; via NY Post)