Top Fuel Dragster pilot Dominick Lagana was injured in a late-night car accident in Hendricks County in Brownsburg, Ind. He suffered life-threatening injuries in the single-vehicle crash.
According to Hendricks County Sheriff’s County Office Captain Amanda Goings, at approximately 11:11 pm on Sunday night, Hendricks County Deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident at 100 East South of 56th St. near Brownsburg, Ind. The preliminary investigation indicates that the 1957 Chevy Wagon, also known as the “Sh*tbox of Doom,” which made an appearance at Drag Week in 2018, was traveling southbound on County Round 100E when it traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Lagana was the driver in the Wagon at the time of the crash, according to authorities. He suffered life-threatening injuries.
Richard Crampton and Jacob Sanders were transported to local Indianapolis hospitals. Both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office crash reconstructionists are investigating the crash.. However, preliminarily, speed is believed to be a factor in the crash..
“It’s part of the total investigation,” Captain Goings said. “My understanding is that there was racing going on yesterday and that they might have been apart of it.”
The accident site is approximately two miles from Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind. This past weekend, the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil took place at Lucas Oil Raceway.
“We don’t know where they were coming from when this accident happened,” Goings responded when asked where the car was coming from. “That, too, will be a part of the investigation. It’s still early in the investigation to tell where they were coming from, whether they left the track or left somewhere else. We just don’t know yet.”
There’s no time table on when the Sheriff’s Department investigation into the crash will be completed, Goings also said
“It’s not like TV, where it’s going to be all wrapped up in 45 minutes,” Goings said. “That’s why it’s TV and not the real world. Our investigation will depend. Obviously, you know these vehicles aren’t standard electronics, like a factor vehicle, that we normally do crash data retrieval on. Usually, there’s some software involved to get data from the vehicle. We often times conduct interviews and witnesses that come up after the fact. There’s not really a time to nail down an investigation on how long the investigation will take. One lead leads to another.” The “Sh*itbox of Doom” was the tow vehicle for Jonnie Lindberg’s Top Alcohol Funny Car this past weekend. Lindberg won the race in his return to the Alcohol ranks over D.J. Cox. Crampton was expected to take over Lindberg’s Alcohol Funny Car for the prestigious U.S. Nationals in several weeks. That could be up in the air now with his injuries from the crash.
Lagana was working this past weekend as a member of Torrence Racing on Billy Torrence’s Top Fuel operation. Lagana is also the driver for his family’s Top Fuel operation.
His brother Bobby is also a crew chief for Steve Torrence. For the second-time this season, Steve Torrence won a race on Sunday.
“We’re hoping for the best in these types of accidents,” Goings said.
Defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence posted to his social media on Monday afternoon saying, “We are asking everyone to please pray for my brother Dom Lagana. He and two others were in an awful car accident last night and is currently in critical condition. Please pray for healing as well as peace and comfort for our family.”
CompetitionPlus.com will provide updates as they become available. Please join us in prayer for the Lagana Family, Torrence Racing as well for Richie and Jacob.