Bristol man dies after dragster crash

Fire crews investigate a drag racing car crash in Bristol, R.I., after it shot out of a garage where work was being done on it. (Photo by WPRI-TV)

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.

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