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Hawkeye Downs crash victim still 'fighting for her life'

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

It was the last lap on the track at Hawkeye Downs Speedway Friday night when tragedy hit.

Sammy Smith was racing when her car spun out of control and stalled.

Marion resident Joan Feller was racing in a car behind Smith's, Feller hit Smith head on into his right front.

According to a NASCAR IKAT Racing representative Mike Stanton, Feller was unresponsive with no pulse and has to be rushed to the hospital in life-threatening condition.

Smith was not hurt.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics wasn't able to give KWWL the official word on Feller's condition.

However, Stanton says Feller is “still fighting for her life.”

KWWL reached out to Kevin Korsmo who was the promoter of Friday night's race, but he couldn't be reached.

Karla Sibert, the business manger at Hawkeye Downs says Korsmo didn't see the accident happen because he was actually participating in the race.

As Feller is still fighting for her life, according to Stanton, KWWL is learning Feller is more than just a good racer, her former pastor says Feller has a heart to serve.

“She was a great keyboardist,” said Ron Connerly, pastor at New Beginnings Church in Hiawatha. “She did a good job with that. You could tell she just communed with the Lord when she was playing the music.”

Pastor Connerly has known Feller for about 10 years and says Feller used to be a member of his church before going to Mission of Hope to play music for their service.

“Whatever she did, she did it with a great deal of passion,” said Connerly.

Feller is a special education teacher for Wilkins Elementary, in the Linn-Marr Community School District

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic crash at Hawkeye Downs,” said Linn-Mar Community Schools superintendent, Quintin Shepherd. “The Linn-Mar community extends our heartfelt support to her family during this difficult time.”

Feller's crash is not the first one at Hawkeye Downs.

Less than a year ago a Norway man was killed in a “Race ’Em and Wreck ’Em” event.

Police say 68-year old John Pickart was racing an RV and it overturned on the track.

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