RACING driver Ashlea Albertson has died at the age of 24 in an alleged road rage crash just months before her wedding.
Cops say the Tony Stewart Racing star was thrown out a window after the two cars ploughed into each other after speeding up and refusing to let each other pass.
Ashlea Albertson has died age 24Credit: Instagram
She was travelling back from a holiday with her fiance Jacob KellyCredit: Facebook
She was killed after two cars crashed on a highway in IndianaCredit: Facebook/ Indiana State Police
She was flown to hospital following the crash on Interstate 65 in Jackson County, Indiana, on Friday but was pronounced dead – just a day before a championship event on Saturday.
Ashlea’s fiancé Jacob Kelly, 31, was driving the GMC Terrain in the left lane when a black 2016 Chevrolet Malibu pulled up in the right lane.
According to police, the “two drivers began accelerating rapidly and refused to allow the other vehicle to pass”.
The Chevrolet – being driven by a 22-year-old – is then said to have veered into the left lane.
Cops say the cars then crashed, forcing the Terrain to spin off the road.
Ashlea – who was travelling back from a holiday with her boyfriend -was thrown from a window as the car flipped over and rolled.
She was pronounced dead in hospital, while the two drivers and a passenger in the Chevrolet were all injured.
Ashlea was a dirt race driver for Tony Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and team owner.
She drove TQ Midget cars and last raced on August 11 – just days before her death.
Ashlea’s heartbroken dad Todd said his daughter “just loved racing” in an emotional tribute.
He said: “She was a good kid, a better person and she just loved racing.
“She loved the community and you all have done so much for her.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“This is one of the hardest posts that I could possibly make and I have no words to put it out other than to make it a video to share with everyone who loved her and who she loved in return.”
Ashlea was due to marry her boyfriend next March.
Stewart also paid tribute to Ashlea, hailing her as a “great race car driver”.
He wrote: “Ashlea had an infectious personality and could light up any room.
“I hope that we can honor Ashlea by controlling what we can control on the highway.
“Losing her is a sobering reminder of how precious life is.
“Please join me in keeping her family and friends in your prayers.”
An investigation, including toxicology tests on both drivers, is ongoing.
Cops are investigating the crash and carrying out toxicology reportsCredit: Facebook/ Indiana State Police
Ashlea drove dirt cars for Tony Stewart’s teamCredit: Twitter