Update: Reno Air Race Crash Death Toll Rises to 11; Victims Identified

09/21/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Reno, NV — Yet again the death toll for the fatal accident at the Reno National Championship Air Races has risen—this time to 11 deaths. In addition, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified those who lost their lives at the event and the days following, reported USA Today.

Veteran pilot Jimmy Leeward was killed when his P-51 Mustang aircraft crashed into the crowd at the end of an Unlimited Class race.

As USA Today reported, the following deceased victims of the plane crash have been identified as:

• Cheryl Elvin, 71, of Lenexa, Kan., who was at the air races with her husband and family. Her husband, two sons and a daughter-in-law suffered severe leg injuries and were treated at Reno hospitals.

• Wendy Hewitt, 56, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., who was attending the air races with her husband, George, 60, who also died.

• James McMichael, 47, of Graham, Wash., was survived by his wife and an extensive family, she said.

• Craig Salerno, 50, of Friendswood, Texas, was a staff member with the Wings of Houston Air Show.

• Regina Bynum, 53, of San Angelo, Texas.

• John Craik, 47, of Gardnerville, Nev.

• Gregory Morcom, 47, of Stanwood, Wash.

• Sharon Stewart, 47, of Reno.

• Michael Wogan, 22, of Phoenix.

In addition to those killed, about 70 others were injured and taken to area hospitals. Three people remain in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center, while another patient at Saint Mary’s Regional medical Center improved from critical condition to fair condition as of Tuesday.

Four others are still in serious condition at Saint Mary’s.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the aviation accident.

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