A NASCAR crew member and his wife passed away on their honeymoon only four days after they got married.
30-year-old William ‘Rowdy’ Harrell and 23-year-old Blakely Harrell just tied the knot on November 21. Sadly, they died together in a car crash in the Florida Keys on Wednesday.
Harrell was reportedly driving a 2020 Toyota Corolla when another truck drove over the center line, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
His family and friends were left shocked at their sudden death.
NASCAR’s official Twitter account wrote: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harrell and @TeamHendrick family.”
Harrell’s crew chief, Greg Ives, said the “entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakely.”
“They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match,” Ives said.
“Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance. Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and was loved in return,” he added.
“Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family.”
Alex Bowman also paid an emotional tribute to Harrell, writing: “Rowdy was everything that made the 88 team, the 88 team. The biggest personality and the best person.
“He was the happiest person you’d ever meet, and that was only re-enforced by his wife Blakley. Rip to an absolute legend. You’ll be missed every single day brother.”
The NASCAR team member crashed into truck, which tried to swerve to avoid them but failed to get out of the path.
The driver of the Ford F-250 pickup truck, a 62-year-old man from Tennessee, was rushed to Mariners Hospital with minor injuries.
His two passengers, a 62-year-old woman from Florida and a 58-year-old woman from Tennessee, were airlifted to mainland hospitals with severe injuries.
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