UPDATE: Speedway GB postpone event out of respect for King’s Lynn Stars’ Lewis Kerr who remains ‘in induced coma’ after crash at Peterborough Speedway
King’s Lynn Stars speedway rider Lewis Kerr remains in an induced coma after he was airlifted to hospital following a serious crash at a meeting in Peterborough yesterday afternoon, Sunday August 2.
The 25-year-old from Snettisham had been riding for the Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League Fours competition when the incident happened.
The meeting was abandoned after three riders collided on the opening lap of heat three of the final.
Josh Grajczonek hit Lewis Kerr who slid through the fence at high-speed and suffered serious injuries.
He was treated at the trackside for more than an hour before being flown to the Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
Today, Speedway GB postponed the scheduled Premier League Riders Championship draw out of respect for Lewis and his family. It will now take place tomorrow, Tuesday August 4 at midday.
Social media has been flooded with messages wishing Lewis a speedy recovery.
World champion speedway rider Tai Woffinden tweeted: “Sending our best wishes to Lewis Kerr and his family.”
His wife Jessie also took to Twitter, using Lewis’ account to tweet message of thanks to fans for their support, saying: “Jessie here, I wish I had some news for everybody but I don’t yet,hopefully some today. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
“Thank you to absolutely everybody, the speedway world has been incredible, Lewi will be so gobsmacked xx Jessie.”
Yesterday, in a statement posted on the British Speedway website, BSPA chairman Alex Harkness said: “Lewis is in a stable condition and is in the very best place for care and attention.
“There was no alternative but to abandon the meeting. All of the riders were in no state to continue after seeing what had happened.
“Our thoughts are with Lewis and his family, and we wish him a full, successful and speedy recovery.
”Our information at this stage is that he is in an induced coma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he will get the best possible care, and as and when any further updates are available we will issue further bulletins.” Earlier, the King’s Lynn Stars official Twitter account said: “Everyone connected with the club are sending their thoughts to Lewis Kerr at this moment.
“We will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.”
The Peterborough Panthers, who were hosting the meeting, also tweeted: “Thought and prayers of all at Peterborough Speedway with Lewis Kerr.”