New Bedford police said Monday that they’re investigating whether street racing was a factor in a car accident that resulted in a Lakeville man’s death.

Sunday night just before 7pm, in a crash on Duchaine Boulevard, avid racing enthusiast, husband and father of three, Kenny Wetherell died after he was thrown from his beloved black Ford Mustang. He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

“I believe we actually met up at the race track at New England Dragway about 20 years ago. I used to race Grand Nationals and he always raced the Mustangs,” said David Fouquette, a longtime friend.

Wetherell’s friends said the only thing that Kenny loved more than his car was his family.

“He always had his boy in the vehicle with him, and he just loved hanging out with his son and working on his cars,” Fouquette said.

The car was destroyed. Fouquette was the one who got the call to come tow his friend’s car.

“It was one call I did not want to get,” Fouquette said.

Duchaine Boulevard is part of the New Bedford Business Park. It’s an area where many people street race.

Police are investigating whether Wetherell’s accident involved street racing. His wife and friends said it did not.

They want people to respect the road and fast cars.

“I’m a firm believer that seatbelts save lives because I see it every day. I believe if he would have had a seat belt on, his chances would have been a lot better,” Fouquette said.

The New Bedford Police Department’s Traffic Division is handling the investigation.

Source: NBC 10 News