Family of Pocono lightning victim suing track and NASCAR

The family of a man killed by lightning shortly after a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 5, 2012 is suing both the track and NASCAR.

Brian Zimmerman was killed by lighting at 5 pm while ten other fans were injured. One of those injured fans sued NASCAR in July.

Zimmerman’s widow claims that NASCAR received a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service at 4:12 pm but did not warn fans until 4:21 pm using only social media.

NASCAR would stop the Pocono 400 at 4:54 pm and at 4:59, they used social media again to warn fans to seek shelter. Brian Zimmerman was hit by lightning at 5 p.m. and died.

“If defendants had stopped the race when they first received the severe weather warnings, plaintiff’s decedent and others who were injured would have had sufficient time to seek shelter before being injured,” the complaint states via Court House News.

Marion Zimmerman seeks damages for negligence and wrongful death.