, driver of the , during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on August 12, 2010 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut.

We finally have a ruling in the death of a NASCAR legend

Legendary race car driver Ted Christopher's death in a plane crash has officially been ruled as accidental. This comes from Connecticut's chief state medical examiner and reported by Yahoo.com.

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Christopher and pilot Charles Dundas were flying to a race at Riverhead Raceway in Long Island on September 16th when their plane went down in North Brandford, Connecticut. Dundas was also killed.

The 59-year-old Christopher was a legend in racing. He won the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Tour Modified champion, and two years prior, in 2006, was voted as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history. He raced at every level of NASCAR, including the Cup series (six starts), the XFinity Series (21 starts), and the Camping World Truck Series (two starts).

The Hartford Courant also noted he's won more races than any other driver at both Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway.

The Courant spoke to a witness, Carrie Carigan, who hiked into the woods after hearing the crash, She described a terrible scene:

"The plane is literally straight up and down. They were saying maybe it hit a tree and literally went straight down -- it was just horrific. The nose is down and the wings and everything are just spread out through the woods. I really didn't want to look at it too much."

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash.