Newlywed NASCAR crew member, 30, killed with wife, 23, in car crash on honeymoon
William ‘Rowdy’ Harrell and Blakley Harrell died in a car crash (Image: Facebook)
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A NASCAR pit crew member has tragically died alongside his bride in a car crash on their honeymoon.
William "Rowdy" Harrell, 30, and his wife Blakley Harrell, 23, passed away just a few days after their wedding last weekend, his racing team said.
The crash happened in the Florida Keys around 9.40pm on Wednesday, reports the Miami Herald, when William's Toyota Corolla collided with a Ford pick-up truck.
The newly married Harrells died at the scene. The truck driver sustained minor injuries but two passengers suffered serious injuries and were flown to hospital.
The Florida Highway Patrol report is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, the Herald adds.
Friends and colleagues paid tribute to the couple
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William had worked as a pit crew member for the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team for the last eight seasons.
Before his career with NASCAR, Harrell won three national championships for the University of Alabama American football team.
NASCAR driver Alex Bowman tweeted a photo of himself alongside William, writing: "Rowdy was everything that made the 88 team, the 88 team."
Greg Ives, crew chief for the past six seasons, also paid tribute to his former colleague.
He said: "Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley.
"They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match.
"Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance.
"Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and was loved in return.
"Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family."
Kevin Hamlin, who worked with William on Bowman's team, tweeted: "Got a really terrible phone call from Greg this morning.
"Rowdy was one of the most happy, kindest souls I'd ever met and one of the greatest on pit road.
"I feel so terrible for his and Blakley's families, and this team won't be the same without them."