The former NASCAR star James Hylton and his son James "Tweety" Hylton Jr. was killed in a highway accident early Saturday morning when they came home from a car driving club in the US event.
Franklin County Vice Coroner Clayton Bryant confirmed to people that the crash occurred on Interstate 85 in Georgia while the father and son along with a driver returned from a Friday match at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway. Their GMC truck and trailer "left the road and affected a brook in the median," said NASCAR.
Both Hylton Sr., 83 and Hylton Jr., 61, were pronounced dead on stage, Bryant said. The truck driver survived the crash and was transported to a hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. The driver was identified as crew leader Terry Strange. He broke broken bones from the wreckage.
Talking with Roylke Times Hylton Srs ex-wife Evelyn Hylton, discussed the last couple's only son.
"He was very clean. He did not smoke or drink or anything else, she said to the outlet." He was a very good person. Everybody loved him. "
She added:" He was a teacher, and James spoke to him to stop and drive with him.
Evelyn told Roanoke Times that she had talked to her son on the phone around midnight when he said they hit the road after eating at a restaurant in Alabama.
A police arrived at her home on Saturday morning to inform her about the accident.
"[The officer] Terry said … telling them he believed James had a heart attack and he looked over him and lost control of the truck and crossed the median and then over the second traffic and hit a field, "Evelyn told the newspaper." The truck, which draws a big trailer with a car on it, thousands of pounds, you have to be very careful. "
" Hefty in parts of six decades is James Hylton's commitment, passion and longevity in motorsport almost unmatched. Hylton won this year's rookie at NASCAR's highest level, the 1
Many NASCAR stars and fans went to social media to share their condolences.
"Thoughts and prayers to Hylton's family and friends," wrote Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Twitter. "James was a legend. He enjoyed his time in stock cars and saw the sport evolve and grow over the many decades of which he was involved."
Driver Jimmie Johnson said, "I think of James Hylton's friends and family. James was a true breed and loved this sport so much. It was an honor to meet him a few times over the years, he will be missing. "