LAKE OZARK, Mo. – An investigation has been completed following a crash involving Emporia, Kansas, and former NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer. A 47-year-old woman died in the accident.
The accident was reported just before 9 p.m. Sunday, June 5, near US 54 and Missouri Highway 242 near Osage Beach, Missouri.
According to an accident report from the Lake Ozark Police Department, Bowyer was driving west on US 54 and approaching Missouri 242 when he hit a woman walking on the ramp.
The crash report says that when Bowyer realized that the crash happened, he immediately stepped on the brake. He called 911 and helped point out the first aider to the female victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman has been identified as Mary Jane Simmons from Camdenton, Missouri.
Bowyer’s vehicles were reported to have suffered major damage to the front of the driver’s side and major damage to the windscreen directly in front of the driver’s seat.
The accident report says that Bowyer showed no signs of weakening and gave a sample of 0.000 per mille.
A crystalline substance was found where the female victim’s belongings were located and believed to be methamphetamine, according to the report. She was believed to be under the influence of drugs, according to the accident report.
Clint Bowyer Racing issued the following statement to FOX4 Thursday night from Bowyer.
“Everyone who knows me knows that family is everything to me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Ms. Simmons. This is a very difficult time for my family and I, please respect our privacy as we move forward. “
Bowyer is now an analyst at the FOX Sports stand for NASCAR for the first half of the season. The accident happened just hours after Bowyer ended the broadcast of the NASCAR Cup Series race at the World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis.
He was noticeably absent from last Sunday’s broadcast at Sonoma Raceway in California. Fox Sports is said to have said that Bowyer dealt with an unspecified “personal case”.
FOX Sports issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”
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