BRISTOL, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — A Bristol man injured when the dragster he was working on shot across a street and crashed last week has died.
Police tell The Providence Journal that 51-year-old Steven Elmslie died at the hospital on Thursday, a week after the crash.
Witnesses told police that the dragster shot out of the parking lot of Elmco Tool Co., across a street, and crashed into a steel meat smoking shed behind a restaurant, narrowly missing a worker.
Police said Elmslie was knocked unconscious. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition.
Friends of Elmslie’s said he was well-liked. On Friday, April 11, one of Elmslie’s friends, Albert Reeves, said he and others were hoping for the best: “This is a very shocking thing… You never think it’s going to happen to you or your friends.”
The cause remains under investigation.