Death toll grows to 11 in Reno air race crash
(AP) - An 11th person has died from injuries sufferedin a plane crash that marked the nation's deadliest air racingdisaster, Reno police said Tuesday.
Police spokeswoman Michele Anderson the victim had not beenidentified. It did not appear the person died at a local hospital.Officials at the three area hospitals treating victims said none oftheir patients had died since Sunday night.
A spokesman for the medical examiner's office said officialshave been trying to identify body parts since the Friday afternoonaccident.
Also Tuesday, a Nevada man who took his 12-year-old to seeracing pilots was identified as among the 11 people who died.
Virginia Craik told The Associated Press that her son,45-year-old John Craik, of Gardnerville, died from injuries after aWWII-era fighter plane dived into a crowd of fans Friday during thenation's premier aviation competition. Her grandson was with hisdad when the plane crashed. Family members said the boy was notseriously injured and is back in school.
That means eight of the people killed during the air races havebeen identified and at least three others have not. More than 70people were treated for injuries, some of them life threatening, inthe unexplained crash that also took the life of 74-year-old stuntpilot James Leeward.
That dramatic injury toll was stoking fears across the nation,as relatives and friends flooded Reno officials with inquiriesabout the whereabouts of spectators. Emergency officials weretrying to compile a list of missing people Tuesday.
"You're responding to someone who was with a loved one at onemoment and the loved one is not there the next moment," said KathyJacobs, executive director of the Crisis Call Center in Reno."They're looking for answers, and the reality is we can't answertheir questions right away."
Leeward's Galloping Ghost Mustang fighter plane disintegratedinto a cloud of dust and debris during Friday's race.
The National Championship Air Races drew thousands of people toReno every September to watch various military and civilian planesrace. Local schools often held field trips there, and a localsports book took wagers on the outcomes.