CONCORD, N.C. - A Hall County man was one of two people killed in a motorcycle crash at a Vietnam veterans rally at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina this weekend.
Authorities said 66-year-old Alan Richard Mockus, of Alto, and 71-year-old Thomas Franklin Hollingsworth, of Piedmont, S.C., died at area hospitals. Their motorcycles collided near one of the steepest banks on the track Saturday.
Mockus' wife, Deborah, was also hospitalized for injuries from the crash.
Thousands of people attended the day-long Homecoming for Vietnam Veterans celebration. The free event was sponsored by the USO of North Carolina, the N.C. Association of Broadcasters and the Speedway.
Witnesses said the two men were not following the track rules laid out by event organizers. Event rules prohibited driving high on the check or at speeds beyond 35 mph. The victims were seen riding at excess of 70 mph, WSOC-TV reported.
"We told people if you go above the apron, you will be escorted out. Apparently they didn't get the message or didn't comply,” said Jeff Phillips, president of bike group Rolling Thunder.
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