NASCAR official killed in car accident

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker)—Brienne Davis, a NASCAR race inspector, died from injuries suffered from a car accident Tuesday night. She was 28.

One of just a few full-time female inspectors, Davis was involved in a one-car accident on Interstate 77 near Charlotte. Her pickup truck flipped and crashed, separating into two pieces, according to NASCAR officials.

Davis was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where she died from the injuries.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of NASCAR Sprint Cup official Brienne Davis,” NASCAR said in a statement. “She was a key member of our team of inspectors and will be missed by the NASCAR community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”

A Louisiana native, Davis began working as a full-time inspector in 2004, and her primary responsibilities included race-day inspection of carburetors and manifolds. She was planning to work this weekend’s NASCAR races at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Updated Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008