Originally Posted Online: May 09, 2013, 12:13 pm
Last Updated: May 09, 2013, 8:25 pm

Man killed in accident at John Deere Harvester identified

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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

Photo: Chris Damitz Photography
Dwaine Hasson

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.