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Arjun Atwal in fatal crash probe

Indian golf star Arjun Atwal has been questioned by police following an alleged high-speed car race in Florida which ended in the death of the other driver, according to reports.

Atwal, the first Indian to play on the USPGA, was not injured in the accident on Saturday afternoon but was badly shaken up by the events which led to the death of the other driver, John Noah Park, 48, who died in hospital.

Atwal has not yet faced charges.

His management company, Blue Giraffe Sports, later released a statement on behalf of the player and his family.

"Arjun, his wife Sona, and the remainder of his family extend their deepest condolences to the family of Mr. John N. Park," said the statement, released by the president and CEO of Blue Giraffe, Robert Kreusler.

"Even though Arjun and his family did not know Mr. Park, they cannot fathom the unimaginable pain that his family must be going through. Their constant thoughts and prayers are with the Park family at this time.

"Arjun would very much like to address the media about the circumstances of this accident, but obviously cannot do so at this time because of the investigation being conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol.

"We ask that members of the press and the public do not rush to make a judgment about what occurred here, because once all of the facts have been gathered and the investigation completed, it will be abundantly clear that this was simply a horrible accident and tragedy, with no one at fault."

Ty Votaw, the PGA TOUR's executive vice president for communications and international affairs, said no comment would be made while the investigation was ongoing.

According to police at the scene, citing witnesses, both cars were racing at an estimated speed of around 100 mph.

It has been alleged that both drivers lost control of their cars on a bend. Park's vehicle, a Mercedes, hit a tree while Atwal's BMW spun and came to rest on the shoulder of the road.

Atwal is the first Indian-born player to win a title on the European Tour, this when he triumphed at the 2002 Singapore Masters.

He attended the US PGA Tour qualifying school a year later and earned his tour card.

March 13, 2007

 




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