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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.