A NASCAR contractor tragically died after being electrocuted as he made preparations for the Chicago Street Race at Grant Park 220.
The death of an audio producer engaged to create audio for pre-race festivities at the event before Sunday’s race has tainted NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race.
Several reports claim that a contractor who was putting up the Grant Park 220 street race in Chicago on Sunday died after being electrocuted on Friday. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has named the victim as Duane Tabinski, according to ABC News.
The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the deceased as Duane Tabinski, 53, the founder of an events company engaged for the installation of audio equipment.
According to police, the 53-year-old man sustained an injury in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive, close to Buckingham Fountain and the race’s spectator areas. He was quickly rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was officially declared dead.
The medical examiner’s officer continued by saying that his death was determined to be an accident and added that the reason was accidental contact with electrical wires.
NASCAR proceeded to release a statement on the matter: “On Friday afternoon, a contractor suffered a fatal medical emergency.
“We are coordinating with local authorities on this tragic incident. We share our condolences to the family and their loved ones.”
Tabinski founded the design, staging, and lighting company DUANE, according to the business’ website. Additionally, the company has produced corporate events for some of the biggest musicians, such as Bob Dylan and Katy Perry.
NASCAR had hired Tabinski to produce audio for the pre-race events. According to a Chicago police report and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, a witness heard him groan and discovered him “slumped over”.
The witness apparently tried to assist, but someone stopped him because Tabinski was in a closed zone where high-voltage electrical power was flowing.
According to the police report, Tabinski was incapable of receiving medical care until the risk had been “diffused.”
Tabinski launched his audio production company after bouncing between jobs driving trucks, logging, operating a restaurant, and working as a DJ.