For more than a year after being shot in the head, race car driver Chris Trickle fought against all odds to come out of a coma. His family stayed by his bedside, hoping and praying for the miracle that never came.
On Wednesday, their struggle finally ended. Thirteen months after a bullet ended Trickle's promising racing career, it finally ended his life.
The 25-year-old Trickle died at a Las Vegas hospital, where he had been taken earlier in the day by his parents. A hospital spokeswoman said the family wanted no details released.
Trickle, a promising stock car driver and the nephew of Winston Cup driver Dick Trickle, was never able to fully come out of the coma caused when he was shot in the head on Feb. 9, 1997, while driving to play tennis with a friend.
Trickle's parents and girlfriend had cared for him nearly constantly since the shooting, which police have yet to solve. In October, he seemed to be coming out of the coma and was speaking to family members, but just as suddenly lapsed into silence.