Veteran NASCAR driver killed in plane crash
NORTH BRANFORD » NASCAR officials say modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in Connecticut.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down in the woods near the North BranfordGuilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday. They didn’t release names.
NASCAR says Christopher and the plane’s pilot died.
Jeff Mulready, who lives nearby, was out for a walk behind his house when he found the plane. He and his fiance, Carrie Carigman, immediately called 911.
When they heard the noise, they had no idea it was a crash, Mulready said.
Carigman said she saw two men in their 50s or 60s in the small plane. One man had crashed through the windshield, she said.
The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen AllAmerican Series history.
Racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted Saturday night that Christopher “was a legend.”
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.
North Branford police were on the scene of a plane crash in the woods behind homes on West Street in Guilford on Saturday.