The crash has raised several questions: Will Kevin Ward’s death cause drivers to think twice about on-track confrontations? Did Tony Stewart try and send his own message by buzzing Ward, the young driver, only to have his risky move turn fatal? Or did Ward simply take his life into his own hands by stepping into traffic in a black firesutsuit on a dark track?
from Ontario County in upstate New York:
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****Watched it and have never seen anything like this happen before…Just crazy and sad…
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This trumps all of the stories of the weekend if you ask me…NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, driving in a sprint car race on a dirt track in upstate New York, hit and killed a fellow-driver, Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night…Stewart had pushed Ward into the wall earlier and when Ward got a chance, he jumped out of his car and was standing on the dirt in race traffic and he confronted Stewart, as Stewart’s car approached him…Those in clear view said it sounded like Stewart hit the throttle when came at Ward and Ward was struck by Stewart and Ward was dragged 20 feet down the dirt track…Ward was hit by Stewart and the 20 year-old Ward was pronounced dead at the track…..
The video of the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park showed driver Ward, wearing a black helmet and firesuit on a dimly lit track, walking toward Stewart’s car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet. Sheriff Philip Povero said the the 25-lap race was under caution when Ward was struck. Stewart’s car was behind another before he hit Ward.
“The first car swerved to avoid the driver,” Povero said.
Ward, 20, was pronounced dead Saturday night at a hospital in Canandaigua.
“People that witnessed it were horrified,” Povero said of the crash. “They were extremely shocked.”
Video of the crash showed Ward, in the No. 13 car, spin into a wall after contact with Stewart’s car. The video showed Ward climb quickly from his car and briskly walk around it in what appeared to be an attempt to confront Stewart as he passed by in his own car, Stewart’s familiar No. 14.
The video showed Ward to the right of Stewart’s car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit Ward. The driver was hurtled through the air and emergency personnel quickly reached Ward as he lay on the track.