Kevin Ward's family is still grieving just a few days after the fatal accident that led to the death of the 20-year-old sprint car driver. Now, as reported by The New York Daily News on Aug. 12, Ward's aunt has expressed her anger at Tony Stewart, calling him a “d---” in a Facebook post.
“I feel numb, I look into the eyes of family and see a deep hurt that should not be there, my heart has pounded out of my chest for hours, thanks for thinking of our family tony Stewart when you decided to be a di*k,” Ward's aunt wrote. “My nephew was one of a kind, a true race car driver, a piss head and a sweetie all in one, a young man who will be truly missed by many! Aunt Wendi loves you budster, forever in our hearts.”
Hollywood Life explained that Ward's family has said that they appreciate “all the prayer and support,” but “would like time to grieve” and “wrap our heads around all of this.” Members of Kevin’s family paid tribute to him on Facebook on Aug. 10 with pictures of them wearing T-shirts that had Kevin’s logo from his website and the words “Always and forever.”
In the hours that followed the tragic events on Saturday night, no decision was immediately announced on the participation of Stewart in the NASCAR race next weekend. However, Stewart, who has a long history of aggressive driving and rage at competitors, announced his withdrawal on Monday from Saturday's dirt track race at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana.
The participation of Stewart in races other than NASCAR remains unresolved until further notice, said Mike Arning, director of communications for the Stewart-Haas Racing team.
Authorities interviewed the 43-year-old NASCAR star on Saturday night and went to talk to him again at Watkins Glen Sunday. He was described as "visibly shaken" after the accident and officials said he had been cooperative.
The autopsy of the remains of Ward showed that the young driver died of blunt force trauma when he was struck by Stewart's vehicle. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that investigators do not have enough evidence to indicate criminal intent, but he said that the possibility of filing criminal charges had not been ruled out. On Monday, he said he did not plan to question Stewart again and that there was no timetable for completing the investigation.
David Weinstein, a former federal and state prosecutor in Miami who now works in the private sector, said it will be difficult to prove that the act was premeditated. However, the accident has raised many questions. As The Seattle Times asked: Did Stewart try and send his own message by buzzing Ward, only to have his risky move turn fatal? The only person who might have the answers is Stewart.