MARION COUNTY, Fla. —A teenage girl died after she crashed a race car at a Marion County speedway on Saturday. (March 22, 2014).
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 15-year-old Niokoa Johnson was driving a race-ready Nissan Sentra when she lost control of the vehicle during her second lap.
She was the only driver on the track at the Bubba Raceway Park along Gainesville Road when the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators said Johnson’s car hit a concrete barrier, and witnesses told deputies that it was her first time driving at the track.
Johnson was unconscious when racetrack workers and others got her out of the Sentra. She was taken initially to Ocala Regional Medical Center, then flown to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville.
Johnson was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Sunday.
A statement from Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Judge Cochran said, “The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will continue to look into this incident as an accidental death investigation.”