Retired NASCAR legend and Wisconsin Rapids native Richard "Dick" Trickle died today from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Here's a press release form the Lincoln County, North Carolina Sheriff's office:
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release
Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Takes Life of Racing Legend
May 16, 2013
Lincolnton, NC – Retired race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle, 71, died today from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound.
The incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City.
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his “. Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.
The first emergency units arriving on the scene located the body lying near the victim’s pickup truck.
Trickle was a Lincoln County resident and had lived here since the early 1990’s