Friday, April 19, 2002 – NASCAR premier series team owner Jack Roush was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash of a private, experimental aircraft in Troy, Ala. Roush, who has flown aircraft for several years, crashed into a lake in a gated community. He was pulled from the wreckage by local resident Larry Hicks.
• Roush was celebrating his 60th birthday with friends when the crash occurred. He had spent the day at Talladega Superspeedway where his four NASCAR premier series teams had qualified for the following Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.
• Roush suffered a head injury and two broken legs in the accident, which occurred when the plane he was piloting struck a power line.
• Hicks, a retired Marine who had trained in underwater rescue, dove into the fuel-filled water twice in order to free Roush from the wreckage, then administered CPR to the team owner on the wing of the aircraft until local rescue personnel arrived.