Family of Bakersfield Speedway accident victim spoke of their loss

Steve O'Neil's wife and the racetrack owner spoke

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Friends and family gave a statement on the death of their friend, Steve O'Neil, at the Bakersfield Speedway.

O'Neil, a race official, was struck by a vehicle at the the Bakersfield Speedway Saturday night died in the hospital.

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Due to the loss, the speedway will be dark on Saturday in remembrance of O'Neil.

Read friends' memories of O'Neil:

O'Neil leaves a wife and an older son. He is remembered by friends as an adventurous person.

"He did a lot of activities. He worked at the race track, (a lot of people don't know) he's was getting pretty active into shooting every week, diving, and he was actually a sky dive instructor," said Joel Leal in an earlier interview, who has gone scuba diving with O'Neil.

O'Neil was an avid diver who helped start a diving group known as 80 Proof Divers.

A memorial fund has been set up at all Kern School Federal Unions, called the Steve O'Neil Memorial Fund, with account number 34154.

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