Pennsylvania Jury Clears NASCAR, Pocono Raceway in Lightning Death

July 20, 2016

A jury has ruled that a Pennsylvania racetrack didn’t cause harm to a man killed by lightning minutes after an August 2012 NASCAR race was stopped.

The Pocono Record reported that the jury ruled in favor of Pocono Raceway and NASCAR, finding the racetrack negligent, but not a “factual cause” of any harm to Brian Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was killed in the parking lot outside the main grandstands of the racetrack.

The suit says the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 4:12 p.m. The race was stopped at 4:54 p.m. and Zimmerman was killed about five minutes later.

The racetrack sent out two tweets before he died advising fans to seek shelter. Zimmerman didn’t have a smartphone.

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