Air Race Memorial Set as Tenth Person Dies

Reno 2011 — The city of Reno plans to hold a public memorial service for all victims, their families and others affected by the fatal plane crash at the National Championship Air Races. The memorial will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Idlewild Park along with a tree planting in park’s arboretum dedicated to all the victims.

Meanwhile, the death toll is up to ten.  The latest death happened Monday morning at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Over 70 people were injured in the accident and several others remain in serious condition.

These are the known victims of the crash at the National Championship Air Races that have been confirmed dead by either family members or the Washoe County  Medical Examiner’s Office:

Jimmy Leeward, 74, pilot, Ocala, Florida.; Greg Morcum, 47, Marysville, Washington; Michael Wogan, 22, Phoenix; George Hewitt, 60, Fort Mohave, Arizona; John Craik, 47, Gardnerville; Regina Bynum, 53, San Angelo, Texas; and Sharon Stewart, 47, Reno.

There are also two person’s unaccounted for after Friday’s crash. They include Wendy Hewitt, Fort Mohave, Arizona.; and Cherie Elvin, Lenexa, Kansas.

Finally, the National Transportation Safety Board has recovered an onboard data box and camera equipment believed to be from Leeward’s P-51, “The Galloping Ghost.” Authorities are calling the air race accident the worst in the nation’s history.

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