Tuesday, September 4, 1990 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Worker At B.C. Race Dies


VANCOUVER, B.C. - Jean Patrick Hein, a turn worker who was injured when he was hit by a race car Sunday during the Molson Indy event, died at Vancouver General Hospital several hours after undergoing surgery for what track officials said were ``significant head injuries.''

No age was given for Hein, who was from Montreal.

Hein, along with Bradley Weeks of Walnut Grove, Calif., who suffered a broken right ankle and a hand injury, and four other workers were treated for minor injuries after being hit by a car driven by Willy T. Ribbs. They were trying to push-start the stalled car of Ross Bentley.

``They jumped right out of the way as if I was going to run into the (Bentley) car and they jumped into me,'' Ribbs said. ``They ran right into my car. I couldn't see them until I got around the corner . . . I felt the bump but I didn't know that I had hurt anybody until I came around the next lap.''

The 165-mile race was won by Al Unser, Jr.

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