Family, track officials remember man who 'lived life passionately'

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Widow Pam O'Neil hugs a person at a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif., in remembrance of her husband, who was killed Saturday in a crash at Bakersfield Speedway.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer held a press conference Tuesday in remembrance of track official Steve O’Neil, who was killed over the weekend in a tragic accident at the track.

The 54-year-old O'Neil was hit by a vehicle racing on the track at around 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

The O’Neil family was also in attendance Tuesday but declined to speak to the media, stating they are still trying to come to grips with the sudden loss.

Howard Marcus, a close friend of the family, read a statement on behalf of the family:

“(Steve) was a man that lived life hard, lived life passionately, who didn't believe in ‘I can’t,’ and was bigger than life itself.”

An O’Neil memorial fund has been set up for people who want to help the family. The fund's account number is 34154 at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.