David Creasy spent the last days of his life helping others' lives return to normal.
The 36-year-old Inverness man drove a semitrailer truck for a living, for H & H Trucking. He spent the last week in California, picking up aid and supplies for Florida's Hurricane Andrew victims.
According to a friend, Jim Green, Creasy was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 80 outside Truckee, a town near Lake Tahoe, on a stretch of road known locally as Dead Man's Curve.
Last week Green remembered him as a man dedicated to his work. "He drove long stretches for the company. . . . He'd been there a lot of times. He was a really good guy. We're going to miss him."
Creasy's profession was trucking, but his passion was auto racing. He drove at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness and at Bronson Speedway.
Creasy and Green worked together on the Outlaw Racing Team. Jim Green owns Jim's Muffler shop on State Road 44 in downtown Inverness, and he helped Creasy get his car on the track.
"He had the desire to go racing," Green said. "He was just saying (two weeks earlier), "I think we got the car all figured out.' "
Green said Creasy was thinking of returning to his native Illinois, where he raced as a youngster, and returning to his hometown track one more time. But the past 15 years, Creasy called Inverness his home.
Green owns the Sportsman class car that his brother, Nubby, drives, as well as the No. 35 Creasy drove. Green said Outlaw Racing will retire the number from its ranks.
And the car? It will race again, perhaps as early as next year, with a new body, new colors and a new number. But late last week, as a steady rain fell, it sat outside Jim's Muffler shop, with a simple black wreath on its windshield.