Linder was a professional stock car racer. During the last stock car race of the season of 1989, Linder's car clipped the bumper of the stock car belonging to Dominic Torreto's father. Toretto was killed instantly when his stock car crashed into the wall at 120 miles per hour and burst into flames. Linder was presumably not held responsible as the cause of the accident following the end of the race.
A week following the accident, Linder was attacked by Dominic, who bashed him repeatedly with a wrench in a fit of uncontrolled rage. Linder suffered severe injuries to the left side of his face, and as a result of his injuries rendered him unable to race or drive. He later found work at a high school as a janitor and commuted to work on a bus.
Linder's actions would have a huge impact on the Toretto siblings. As a result of Dom nearly beating Linder to death, he had to do time in prison and was released sometime after 1991. Once he was released, he found out that his brother Jakob Toretto had tampered with Jack's car and ultimately blamed him for his part that led to their father's death. He confronted Jakob to a race in which he told Jakob that Jakob would have to leave Los Angeles if Jakob didn't win. As a result of not winning the race, Jakob was forced to flee Los Angeles, although their sister Mia would keep in contact with him over the years. This action would later come back to haunt Dom during the events of Fast & Furious 9.
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