Top Fuel drivers Dominick Lagana and Richie Crampton were injured in a highway accident a short drive from the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis late Sunday evening.
According to police reports and local news outlets, 34-year-old Lagana was driving the turbo LS-powered 1957 Chevrolet station wagon built by Crampton and friend Jonnie Lindberg for Drag Week competition when it went off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Per reliable sources but unconfirmed, the occupants were not wearing seat belts — Crampton was said to have been ejected from the vehicle and suffered a broken hip, while Lagana suffered life-threatening injuries and is presently on a ventilator in critical condition. The other passenger, 30-year-old Jake Sanders, was also injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital.
The wagon was reportedly headed southbound on County Road 1000 East (located between the raceway and the nearby campground on the west side of the facility) when, for an unexplained reason, it went off the west side of the roadway. The crash remains under investigation, but according to Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office Captain Amanda Goings, speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
The Chevrolet wagon was seen at the NHRA’s Dodge Indy Nationals over the weekend, towing Lindberg’s Top Alcohol Funny Car. Lagana and Sanders are both crewmembers on Steve and Billy Torrence’s Top Fuel dragsters.
Said Torrence on a statement Monday: “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.”