Track racer dies from head injuries
By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
May. 21, 2009 4:30 p.m.
Officials at the Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha sent out word Thursday afternoon confirming that Donald Vanderbrook had died from the head injuries he suffered in a crash while racing Tuesday night.
Vanderbrook, 50, started racing on the track in Kenosha last year and was competing in a consolation race on the season's opening night. He was wearing a helmet when he crashed in a pack of other riders.
Other competitors watched somberly, as paramedics attended to the cyclist from Yorkville. He was flown by helicopter to Froedtert Memorial Hospital.
Vandebrook, a member of the Kenosha-Racine Bike Club, was placed on life support and his organs were donated for transplant.
Carl Wilkins, the chief referee at the velodrome, said plans for a memorial service were pending.
Vanderbrook's fatal crash is a tragic but rare occurence at the Velodrome, the worst accident in more than 25 years, according to veteran riders.
Here's a nice video about the track from the Milwaukee newspaper, JS
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