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Should Tony Stewart drive at Watkins Glen after hitting, killing fellow driver?

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart
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Update: Tony Stewart has pulled out of today's race at Watkins Glen. NASCAR had originally said Tony Stewart would race today, but Tony Stewart himself decided not to race. Probably the correct move after the tragic accident of last night.

In a tragic incident that took place place last night, Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. Both Stewart and Ward were competing in a race at the track, when Ward, Jr.'s vehicle was clipped by Tony Stewart's vehicle and crashed into the wall.

Kevin Ward, Jr. then got out of his vehicle and started walking down the track looking for Tony Stewart's vehicle. When Ward, Jr. spotted Stewart he started pointing at him and walking towards Stewart's oncoming vehicle. As Stewart passed Ward, Jr., his right rear tire clipped Ward, Jr. sending him hurtling down the track and to his death.

Paramedics were on the scene of the accident in literally seconds after Tony Stewart hit Kevin Ward, Jr., but were unable to save the driver. Tony Stewart immediately stopped his vehicle on the track and he was described as being extremely upset over what had occurred.

Today, NASCAR has announced that Tony Stewart will drive in the Cheeze-It 355 at Watkins Glen as he was originally scheduled to do. Should Tony Stewart be driving at Watkins Glen today after hitting and killing a fellow driver in a race on a dirt track last night?

That is an extremely difficult question to answer. If you watch the video of the incident, you can see that the track was dimly lit and that Kevin Ward, Jr. was wearing a black driver's suit and black helmet as he moved down the track on foot to try and confront Tony Stewart's vehicle.

It was a very foolish thing to do, but Ward, Jr. was visibly angry and probably did not give one seconds thought about the black clothes and helmet he was wearing and how difficult it might have been for drivers to see him on foot on the track.

Ontario (New York) County sheriff Philip C. Povero said today that there is an on-going investigation of the on-track crash. After the incident, Tony Stewart was questioned by police and released. Police described Tony Stewart as being fully cooperative and visibly upset.

Should Tony Stewart be driving today at Watkins Glen?