A night to celebrate another successful racing season at the Emo Speedway turned tragic Saturday with the death of a well-known and much-loved driver.
William G. Reimer, 67, of Vermilion Bay was competing in the feature race of the Midwest Modified division at the raceway’s season-ending Fan Appreciation Night.
Borderland Racing Association president Anthony Leek said while Reimer was driving down the back straightaway, his car veered into a hydro pole without any contact initiated by another driver on the track.
“I was the first one to get there,” Leek noted this morning. “I ran over and shut off the engine.
“I walked away at that point.
“It’s hard to recall it,” he added. “All our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
An OPP press release stated Emergency Medical Services personnel removed Reimer from his car and began resuscitation efforts, but to no avail.
Reimer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The rest of the night’s racing action was cancelled.
Leek said Reimer had raced at the Emo Speedway for the past three or four years, with this season seeing him race there more than he ever had.
“He was a super nice guy,” Leek said about Reimer, who this season had the pit area next to Leek’s brother, Christopher, this year’s Midwest Modified overall champ.
“He was really approachable and really loved racing.”
An investigation immediately was launched by police, with a member of the Regional Coroner’s office also in attendance.
The OPP has ruled the incident a sudden death and not a traffic collision.
A post-mortem was scheduled for today at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora.
Reimer is the second fatality in the Emo Speedway’s history.
Keith McNally of Emo died from injuries sustained in a crash in September, 1993 while competing in the Thunder Stocks division.