UPDATE 5/26/14 @ 2:30 a.m.: According to the lehighvalleylive.com news site, after an initial test run, no one could have expected Lamont Akins’ day on the drag strip would end tragically, according to his best friend.
“He made the second pass and something happened to the car,” said Easton resident Darrin Robinson. “He ended up rolling it.”
Robinson said Akins was at the racetrack for a “grudge” race. Also known as a match race, it involves drivers who challenge each other for cash or even pink slips to the cars.
Robinson said he raced cars with Akins since they were teenagers. They attended Plainfield High School together in northern New Jersey and met in ninth grade on a race track, he said.
Akins worked during the day as a mechanic at VIP Honda in North Plainfield, N.J., where he started fresh out of high school, Robinson said. But he pursued his passion on area drag strips during his free time.
Lori Akins said her husband was an avid racer and was at the track pursuing his hobby.
Lori went to the track after receiving word of the 12:20 p.m. crash. She was on her way back to the Lehigh Valley at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
On May 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm, deputies responded to the Maryland International Raceway for an accident on the racetrack.
Emergency medical personnel arrived and pronounced the driver of the vehicle dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicated Lamont Freeman, age 48, was racing his 1971 Plymouth Duster. After crossing the finish line, Freeman lost control, struck a barrier, and was ejected from the vehicle.
Anyone with video of the accident is asked to contact Deputy Beyer at 301.475.4040.
UPDATE 5/25/14 @ 7:00 p.m.: The driver in today’ crash has been Identified Lamont Akins, 48 of Easton, Pa.
5/25/14 @ 12:50 p.m.: A car crash at Maryland International Raceway was reported on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.
A preliminary investigation revealed a race car driven by a 48 year old male rolled several times, ejecting the driver.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has responded to the scene.