Rally Co-Driver Erin Kelly Dies During New England Forest Rally
Bethel, Maine. ~ The American Rally Association is deeply saddened to announce the death of competitor and champion co-driver Erin Kelly, who passed away on Friday during competition at the New England Forest Rally in upstate Maine.
The incident occurred on the final stage of the competition on Friday just outside Bethel, Maine. Kelly was co-driving with her long-time driver and rally partner, TJ Pullen, at the time of the incident. The 47-year-old Kelly and Pullen had rallied together for several years and won the 2018 ARA East Regional NA4WD championship.
After meeting with competitors, New England Forest Rally organizers and ARA officials have canceled the remainder of this weekend’s rally, which was scheduled to run Saturday near Errol, N.H.
“Our focus right now is on Erin, TJ, and their families,” said ARA Series Director Preston Osborn. “Erin was an accomplished co-driver and a well-loved member of our rally community. We send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and our competitors and fans.”
Those wishing to help the Kelly family may donate to the ARA-supported RACEAID Fund in her name. To donate, go to www.raceaid.fund/donate