Selmer residents question safety measures at charity event

With the chaotic scene still fresh on the minds of Selmer residents, many are wondering about the lack of safety at the Cars for Kids charity event.

The biggest question on everyone's mind is why were there little to no safety measures in place when a drag car lost control on Highway 45 plowing into the crowd killing six and injuring 23 people.

A steady stream of family and friends payed tribute in Selmer off Highway 45. The issue is not what happened but why.

"We all thought it was kind of foolish with everybody standing so close to the road," said Joyce Roberts who is a friend of the victims.

Roberts brought her 15-year-old granddaughter who lost a best friend. Both of them have the same questions about safety at the charity event.

Dakota Yalda added, "like guard rails something. I don't even think they should do something like that again."

Selmer Mayor David Robinson said the event this year was held exactly like it has been for the past 17 years and as it is held all across the country.

Robinson also said the Cars for Kids event raised $200,000 for disabled children last year. He says it's important for it to remain in Selmer. But the drag car event could be in jeopardy.

"Maybe we don't even have it or we have it at a different location. I don't know," said Robinson.

Relatives of the victims agree the event should remain but changes are vital for the charity to remain.

"The event but not the drag racing the cars not at that kind of speed," said Tracy Polle, an uncle of one of the victims.

Investigators are expected to carefully consider all safety measures if the Cars for Kids event continues in Selmer.

Families of the victims from the drag car crash continue to grieve their losses.


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