Dwaine T. Hasson is being remembered as a pedal-to-the-metal race car driver and family man.
Mr. Hasson, 36, Coal Valley, was crushed by a trailer on Wednesday at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline. The trailer -- a big box-type hauled by semis -- somehow fell on Mr. Hasson early Wednesday afternoon within a large fenced-in lot where numerous vehicles and other equipment is parked at the harvester works. He was working there as a contractor.
Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson on Thursday said initial autopsy results indicate Mr. Hasson, the owner of Hasson's Mobile Truck & Trailer in Sherrard, suffered multiple traumatic crushing injuries.
Mr. Hasson also was known by "No. 44" in the Quad-Cities racing community where he competed in the street stock class. Colleagues and friends knew him as a fast and aggressive driver who was a bit hard on his equipment.
"He was a little crazy," said fellow racer Terry Smith, of Kewanee. "He's the only guy I've seen hit the wall that many times and finish a race."
Rick Schriner, of Rock Island, who also raced with No. 44, said Mr. Hasson had a lot of power under the hood and loved to use it. But off the track, he could be easy going, a guy from whom other racers could borrow parts for their own vehicles, Mr. Schriner and Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith said that when he was a rookie driver a few years ago, Mr. Hasson was there to help him out.
"He was the first one to step up," he said.
Brad Hines, a spokesman for the Quad City Speedway, said Mr. Hasson's company also would sponsor other drivers.
"He'd do anything for anybody," Mr. Schriner said. "He was a nice guy."
On Thursday, a picture of Mr. Hasson's car was posted on the speedway website. With it were the words: "Everyone from K&S Promotions (the speedway's operator) and the Quad City Speedway would like to send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Hasson family and the #44 team."
A woman who answered the phone at Mr. Hasson's company declined to give her name but said Mr. Hasson was a family man with two children. He also liked to hunt and fish.
A second man also was injured in Wednesday's incident. The East Moline Police Department said a 25-year-old man who was a co-worker of the victim suffered injuries that were not life threatening. The man was treated and released.
Mr. Hasson's death remains under investigation with an inquest pending, Mr. Gustafson said.
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.