Muskegon woman struck by race car, airlifted from Northern Michigan speedway

A Muskegon woman is being treated for injuries after she was hit by an out-of-control car at a Northern Michigan race track.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY, MICH. - A race car spun off the track at Merritt Speedway,leaving one woman in serious condition and three speedway employees with minor injuries Sunday, Sept. 4.

The driver of the car, a 50-year-old male from Cadillac, said his accelerator stuck causing him to spin out and slide sideways where he crashed into a ticket booth, according to a news release. Jennifer Johnson-Kiel, a 31-year-old Muskegon woman, was the first to be struck by the car.

Johnson-Kiel was then airlifted out of the speedway by Missaukee EMS and Merritt Fire Department. According to her boyfriend, Jamie Lorenz, she is currently being treated at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

She suffers from a pelvis fracture in four places, among other injuries, and will undergo surgery Monday. Lorenz said on Facebook post that the recovery time for her surgery will be at least three months. 

The driver of the car was not injured. 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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