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Racer Left AIDS Victims In His Wake

March 25, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Numerous women were infected with the AIDS virus by auto racing star Tim Richmond before his death in 1989, according to the Miami Herald.

Richmond’s former fiancee, LaGena Lookabill Greene, went public in 1995, saying she had been infected by Richmond and was dying of AIDS. A former model who lives in Charlotte, N.C., Greene told the newspaper she has been contacted by women who say they also were infected by Richmond.

``From those calls alone _ only counting the ones from Charlotte _ I could have started a support group of women exposed to HIV from Tim,″ Greene was quoted as saying. ``There would be about 30 in that support group. They told me they were exposed, that they had had sex with Tim and they were worried.″

The Herald reported that at least two former partners of Richmond are in seclusion on the East Coast, dying of AIDS. The Herald reported another woman, Debbie Putman, had an encounter with the racing star and died four years ago.

Richmond’s infectious-disease specialist, Dr. David Dodson, was unsure when the race car driver was infected.

``Perhaps in the late ’70s,″ Dodson said, adding that he had been contacted by possible former partners of Richmond.

``I did receive several calls from women around the country,″ he said.

Richmond was diagnosed with AIDS in December 1986, according to his family. Greene says he infected her Sept. 10 of that year in a New York hotel. She believes that Richmond knew he had the virus when they made love after his marriage proposal.

``I grieved his death,″ she said, ``even though he knowingly planted his seed of death inside me.″

Putman’s obituary did not disclose a cause of death, but The Herald reported she confided to her grandmother Julia Stafford: ``Do you remember me telling you about going to a party at Tim’s? That’s where I must have gotten AIDS, because we were together.″

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