Unfortunately, tragedy struck at this years race with driver Allan Simonsen losing his life as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. He is the first fatality at Le Mans since 1997 and the 22nd overall driver fatality since the race started.
Simonsen just seemed to lose control of his Aston Martin which then veered off the track and into the wall. It did not look like a devastating crash but at these speeds hitting the wrong part of a wall facing the wrong way can prove fatal. Aston Martin kept racing in Simonsen's honor as requested by the family. Additionally, they blacked out their homepage in honor of the driver: http://www.astonmartin.com/. Aston ended up finishing third in the highly competitive GTE class.
A video of the crash is below along with the full results. Congratulations to Audi and condolences to Allan Simonsen's family. Despite safety improving and drivers walking away from spectacular crashes this is a reminder that professional racing at high speed will always have an element of danger to it.