GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A family outing at a local go-kart track left a beloved daughter, sister and mother of two in a permanent vegetative state for the last three years.
Go-kart tracks are regulated by the State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, but that regulation is limited to approving the construction and engineering of the track and there is no real oversight or tracking of safety.
The family of Rachel Gibbs wants that to change.
“We want to change things, I don’t want anyone in this world to go through the pain that our family has gone through,” said Karen Kluba, mother of Rachel Gibbs.
Gibbs lives in England where she worked as a photo editor for the Discovery Channel, BBC, Getty Images and others. She was in Grand Rapids with her husband and 5- and 7-year-old sons visiting her sister and parents who live in West Michigan.
“We’ve lost someone who was so amazing that we’ll never be able to have again, her children will never have her as their mother again,” Kluba said.
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