IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon and his wife Susie reportedly got his and her tattoos declaring their love for each other just hours before his death in a fiery car crash in Las Vegas.
Susie, who was Wheldon's longtime personal assistant until they married in 2008, reportedly went to a tattoo parlor around 10 p.m., according to Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
An employee at the shop in question refused to comment on the report of the D.W. and S.W. tattoos, but Mark Waters, who was also in the tattoo parlor at the same time, took a photo of the couple and posted it to Lockerz, a picture sharing site, saying: I was getting tattoed Sat nite and hung w/ Dan & Suzie getting tattoed. Great folks. Very surreal very sad, The Daily Mail reported.
On Sunday, Wheldon, 33, and a two-time winner of the Indy 500, died in a horrific 15-car crash 13 laps into the Las Vegas Indy 300; his vehicle was sent flying over another car and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2. He was airlifted from the track to University Medical Center, where he died about two hours later.
IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries, IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard said. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute in his honor.
The British driver was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment before his death was announced two hours later. He died from blunt trauma to the head, according to Clark County Coronor Michael Murphy.
One minute you're joking around at driver intros. The next, Dan's gone, said Dario Franchitti, whose wife, actress Ashley Judd, brought him a box of tissues. I lose, we lost, a good friend. Everybody in the IndyCar series considered him a friend. He was such a good guy. He was a charmer.
Wheldon leaves behind his wife, Susie, his two-year-old son Sebastian and seven-month-old son Oliver.