ARCADIA, Fla. - A 12-year-old Arcadia boy died Wednesday, days after a crash at the Auburndale Speedway near Winter Haven.
People in Arcadia tell WINK News Morr came from a family that was passionate about racing.Naturally, it became something he loved early on. His death has sparked debate about the safety of children and stock car races.
Morr was racing in a youth event Saturday. He'd strapped in many times before, but this race took a tragic turn. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Tyler lost control, colliding with a concrete wall on the outside of the track. Officials estimate he wasn't driving any more than 40-45 miles per hour.
Morr was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but passed away wednesday afternoon.
The news left the racing community shaken. "I instantly felt sick to my stomach," Rob Partelo said.
Partelo builds stock cars and has raced them semi-professionally for years. His kids race too.
"My son's safety or my daughter's is more important than my own," Partelo said.
Morr's accident was a real-eye opener. When it comes to safety, he says parents need to be in the driver's seat. Partelo's next car has extra roll bars as well as a head rest on the left side.
"I plan on having the freak accident that everybody says will never happen," Partelo said. "I want everything in that car as safe as possible."
The Auburndale Speedway will hold a tribute for Tyler this weekend to help raise money for his family.