Indy 500, Longmont’s Justin Wilson’s family make plea for organ donors

A part careening off a crashed race car struck IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who lives in Longmont, in the head, leading to severe injuries that have left him in a coma and ultimately caused his death. (Photo Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

LONGMONT, Colo. — Today’s Indy 500 marked a special day for a local widow and the family of one of the sport’s former stars. Justin Wilson was killed by flying debris in a race last year.

His nickname was the gentle giant, a man known for always helping others. In his death, he’s still doing just that with the help of his wife and brother.

Filling every corner in the basement of the Wilson family’s Longmont home, mementos from late race car driver, Justin Wilson’s long career.

“This is Justin’s life and this is not even half of it… This is his pride and joy,” Julia Wilson, Justin’s wife, said as she showed off the room full of trophies, helmets, and pictures.

For Julia, It isn’t Justin’s trophies and his many wins she’s most proud of. “He’s amazing. Just an amazing guy,” she said.

Last August during a race at Pocono, Justin was struck in the head by flying debris. He died a day later. Continue reading
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