Deputies Release Identities Involved in Fatal Crash at Raceway

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office have released the name of the driving instructor who died in a collision Saturday at Summit Point Raceway. 

Deputies say National Auto Sport Association Driving Instructor, Kenneth W. Novinger, of Falling Waters, W.Va. died in the crash. The driver, Eric Joseph Vonreichhenback from North Carolina was transported to Winchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

As we've reported, the accident happened on Saturday, June 7, 2014 around 5:15 p.m. at the Summit Point Raceway on the Jefferson Circuit track. Initial reports indicated a vehicle had left the race track and struck a tree. 

Upon arrival, EMS and fire personnel saw a 2006 Pontiac GTO in the tree line with significant damage to the passenger side. Officials say the driver, Vonreichhenback, was participating in the last session of the OG Racing HyperDrive event as a part of HyperFest. Officials say this event allows the driver to use their personal vehicle on the track under the guidance of the NASA instructor. 

Deputies say the GTO was exciting a sharp left hand turn and went into a spin. The driver attempted to correct the spin but the vehicle left the track, sliding into the grass, striking two trees between the A post and B post of the passenger side. They say both Novinger and Vonreichhenback were wearing helmets. 

The impact with the tree caused enough blunt force trauma to cause the death of Novinger, police said. No charges are pending against the driver. 

On Monday morning a release was posted stating, "The National Auto Sport Association (NASA), HyperFest and Summit Point Motorsports Park families are deeply saddened by the death of an instructor at HyperFest, on June 7, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." 

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