Two fans hurt in Coke Zero 400 wreck retain lawyer
Two race fans struck by debris from the last-lap wreck in Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway have retained an attorney to represent them.
Orlando-based attorney Matt Morgan confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has been hired to represent the individuals for any claims against International Speedway Corporation, which owns DIS, or NASCAR, which put on the race.
“I have been retained by two individuals who were sitting three rows up from the point of impact at the Daytona Coke Zero 400 crash,” Morgan told ESPN. “They were struck by a large piece of steel debris and various smaller objects.
“They were treated for their injuries in Daytona and are following up at their local hospital.”
According to DIS officials, five people in total were injured, with four being treated at the track and a fifth being sent to a nearby hospital after Austin Dillon’s car became airborne and crashed into the front stretch catch fence just past the start-finish line.
Track president Joie Chitwood III said the fan taken to the hospital was treated and released a few hours later.
Morgan, of the legal firm Morgan & Morgan, represented 13 victims who were injured in a similar accident at Daytona in February 2013. Settlements in those cases were reached in May 2014, according to the ESPN.com report.
Morgan represents one other spectator who has not come to a settlement over the 2013 incident.