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Driver ejected, killed in crash at drag racing strip in Grand Prairie

Blake Williams, 23, with his son, now six months old.
Blake Williams, 23, with his son, now six months old. Courtesy

One person is dead after an unexpected drag race collision Thursday night in Grand Prairie.

The drivers were racing legally around 11 p.m. at the Yello Belly Drag Strip when 40-year-old Aki Gatson, driving a red Mustang, lost control of his vehicle and hit the black Mercury Cougar he was racing against, Officer Melinda Urbina, spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said.

When the two collided, they both veered off and struck a tree. The Cougar then smashed into a concrete wall which caused the driver, 23-year-old Blake Williams of Burleson, to be ejected from his vehicle and killed on impact, Urbina said.

A friend of Williams started a GoFundMe page for the family, stating that he is leaving behind a wife and kids. The page has raised over $5,000 in 10 hours.

Gatson was transported to Methodist Dallas in stable condition, he is expected to recover, Urbina said.

“Witnesses stated there was no confrontation or strife between the drivers. The detective is going to follow up on some evidence at the drag strip to confirm his findings,” Urbina said.

Detectives are investigating the incident as an accidental death and do not expect any criminal charges to be filed against Gatson or the drag strip, Urbina said.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson