DA says his car show deaths investigation looks beyond driver - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

DA says his car show deaths investigation looks beyond driver

A grand jury expected to consider criminal charges in a race-car crash that killed six spectators at a summer festival in Selmer, Tennessee, won't focus only on the car's driver.

State prosecutor Michael Dunavant says "possible criminal responsibility by other people" is being considered as well.

He says a Highway Patrol investigation into the crash should wrap up by the first of the year and go before a McNairy County grand jury in February.

The powerful dragster was being put through tire-burning stunts on an open city street on June 16 as part of a car-show festival organized by Cars for Kids.

The dragster spun into a crowd of unprotected spectators, sending bodies flying. Six young people died and more than two dozen other spectators were hurt, many seriously.

Experts hired by the state are still going over the car looking for mechanical defects, and other specialists are still reviewing medical records of the injured and autopsy reports on the dead.

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