Brienne Davis, one of the few fulltime female inspectors employed by NASCAR on race weekends, was killed Tuesday in a one-car accident during rush hour on northbound Interstate 77 near Huntersville, according to police and NASCAR officials.
A blue truck driven by Davis flipped and came to rest in the median just north of the Gilead Road exit, police said. The truck lay in two pieces, with the truck bed separated from the cab. Davis, 28, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where she died of her injuries, officials said.
NASCAR, which has an office in Concord, released the following statement late Tuesday: "We are deeply saddened at the loss of NASCAR Sprint Cup official Brienne Davis. She was a key member of our team of inspectors and will be missed by the NASCAR community. "
The Louisiana native came to North Carolina from Houston in 2002 to begin work at Dale Earnhardt Inc. as an engine builder at age 22.
In 2004, Davis joined NASCAR as one of its fulltime inspectors that travel each week to Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series races. Most weekends she was responsible for inspecting carburetors and manifolds.
Davis was scheduled to work at this weekend's Cup and Nationwide races at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
Funeral plans are incomplete.