Driving Instructor Killed in Crash at Disney’s Exotic Driving Experience

Accident scene on race track.
Accident scene on race track.

April 12, 2015: A 36-year-old driving instructor was killed Sunday afternoon in a crash at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway.

Tavon Watson, 24, of Kissimmee, was driving Gary Terry, 36, of Davenport, in a Lamborghini during an automotive experience at 3:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

race2 (2)While trying to maneuver through the course, Watson lost control of the car, causing it to leave the racetrack and strike a guardrail, an FHP report said.

race1 (2)My heart goes out to the family. Can’t imagine what they are going through,” said visitor Josh Stevenson.

Terry died at the scene. Watson was transported to Celebration Hospital with minor injuries, said a spokesman for Reedy Creek Emergency Services.

Richard Petty comments after the passing of Gary Terry, an employee of the Exotic Driving Experience:

“The entire Petty family, and everyone associated with Petty, is deeply saddened by the passing of Gary Terry yesterday. Our prayers go out to his family and everyone affected by this tragedy. We are all thinking about the family and friends of Gary and all the employees of the Exotic Driving Experience.”

Gary_Terry“Yesterday we lost a long-time, valued team member of the Exotic Driving Experience family. Sr. Operations Manager and Professional driving instructor, Gary Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.”

Link to Go Fund Me account:  

http://www.gofundme.com/garyterrymemorial

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