A 21-year-old Stony Brook student was killed Saturday at a raceway in New Jersey, when she drove her car head-on into a wall.

Amanda Gambacorto was attending a racing clinic at Wall Stadium Speedway on the Jersey Shore when she lost control of her 3/4 midget car and slammed into a wall. Gambacorto was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center where she died. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Gambacorto had been taking a beginner's racing class when the accident occurred. The raceway canceled the rest of the events for the weekend out of respect for the Gambacorto's family. Gamacorto had been studying environmental humanities and philosophy at Stony Brook, where she also worked as a marketing assistant and communications intern.

"She was a good, hardworking girl and smart. She had a lot of friends and a lot of big plans for her life," a former employer of Gambacorto told the Asbury Park Press. In 2002, another driver was killed at the same speedway, also from hitting a wall while making a turn.