• Family of slain race car driver creates fishing tournament to honor him, help others

    By: Jackie DelPilar


    Story Highlights

    • Donnie Ray Crawford, a local race car driver, was killed in a 2012 shooting.
    • His family created a foundation in his name.
    • The foundation is now hosting a new fishing tournament on Ft. Gibson Lake.
    • It will happen Oct. 13.

    WAGONER, Okla. - The family of an Oklahoma race car driver shot and killed in 2012 is working to honor his legacy and help others at the same time.

    Donnie Ray Crawford competed in the Chili Bowl each year and was well known in the racing community. He was also known for saving another racer, 12-year-old Harli White, from a burning car in 2008. He risked his life to save girl.

    Deputies said Crawford was killed by his grandfather the day he was supposed to compete in the finals of the Chili Bowl. Deputies said his grandfather was mentally unstable, and later died from injuries sustained in a fight during the shooting.

    Crawford's family set up a foundation in his name, the Donnie Ray Crawford Legacy Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships to young adults, and has already raised about $80K over the past several years.

    They are now putting together a new event to support the foundation. It is an inaugural fishing tournament.

    The tournament is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ft. Gibson Lake in Wagoner. It will begin in the Taylor’s Ferry North Recreation Area.

    Those interested in learning more about the event, or in donating to the foundation can do so HERE. 

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