Vet­eran NASCAR driver killed in plane crash

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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.

ARNOLD GOLD / HEARST CON­NECTI­CUT ME­DIA

North Bran­ford po­lice were on the scene of a plane crash in the woods behind homes on West Street in Guil­ford on Satur­day.

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