Even after Justin Wilson’s tragic passing Monday after sustaining severe head injuries in a freak accident at Pocono Raceway, he’s still making a difference in people’s lives.
Wilson was an organ donor, and his brother, Stefan, announced through Twitter that his donations saved six lives:
With #giftoflife @justin_wilson saved 6 lives today. He just keeps setting the bar higher. Keep Julia & the girls in your prayers #myherojw
— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
During Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, Wilson was knocked unconscious and was in a coma after being hit by debris from Chip Ganassi Racing driver Sage Karam after Karam spun out and hit the wall. The car’s nosecone – one of the heaviest pieces of bodywork on an IndyCar – bounced down the track and hit Wilson as he was trying to avoid the wreck.
He was flown to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he was in a coma and in critical condition until his passing Monday.
7News Denver also ran a story about Wilson’s organ donations and featured TFLcar’s Roman Mica, including excerpts from the memorial video. All proceeds from that video will go to Wilson’s family.
Donations can be made to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
Wilson’s talent behind the wheel was well known throughout the IndyCar paddock. He made his Formula One debut in 2003, and in his first qualifying, he placed seventh in the Jaguar ahead of the legendary Michael Schumacher. This first video is his lap with commentary:
And this is the same lap from the onboard camera:
Watch the full TFLcar memorial video to Justin Wilson below.