Clint Bowyer has issued a statement
Clint Bowyer is a former NASCAR driver. He’s since made the transition to the FOX broadcast booth.
Last weekend, FOX hosted their final NASCAR race of the season before handing the remaining portion of the schedule for NBC. However, Clint Bowyer was not in attendance for the race at Sonoma Raceway in California.
During the broadcast, they briefly addressed his absence stating, “Bowyer was taking care of a personal issue.”
Tonight, Fox 4KC reported Bowyer was involved in a highway accident near Osage Beach, Missouri. The incident took place just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th.
Earlier that day, 43-year-old Bowyer was in East St. Louis, working the broadcast booth during the NASCAR race at WWT Raceway.
The Lake Ozark Police Department report noted that Bowyer was driving West on US 54. While approaching Missouri 242, he struck a woman who was walking on the ramp.
Per the police report, Bowyer slammed the brakes as soon as the incident occurred. He then called for help and pointed emergency workers in the direction of the woman when they arrived.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She has since been identified as Mary Jane Simmons, of Camdenton, Missouri.
Bowyer’s vehicle took heavy damage to the windshield, directly in front of the drivers seat. He gave a roadside BAC test which turned back results of .000.
The woman’s body was found next to crystalline substance. It’s suspected as methamphetamine, per the police report. The report also noted the woman was likely under the influence of drugs.
Clint Bowyer issues statement
Bowyer has been absent from all his social media channels since the incident. Tonight, he issued a statement:
“Anyone that knows me, knows that family is everything to me,” Bowyer told Fox 4.
He added, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Ms. Simmons. This is a very difficult time for my family and I, please respect our privacy as we move forward.”
Fox has also issued a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”
Bowyer spent 16 years as a driver at the highest level of NASCAR. He collected 10 wins in 541 races, with his last coming in 2018.
The driver retired from the sport following the 2020 season. He moved to the television side of the business.