NASCAR’s Tony Stewart struck and killed a driver at a race on Saturday after the driver got out of the car angered that Stewart’s Sprint car had clipped his car causing him to hit a wall. A video of the incident shows the driver of the crashed car getting out of his vehicle and walking towards the on-coming Stewart, who was still driving in the race, when Stewart’s car hit him, according to Fox News on Aug. 10
The driver who got out of his car appeared to be yelling and pointing his finger at Stewart’s on-coming car. One car swerved to miss the man, but Stewart, who also appeared to swerve to avoid the driver on foot, hit the man with the right rear tire of his car.
The next scene was horrifying as the man was dragged about 50-feet and then thrown about 50-yards, as seen on the video above. The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital, according to CNN News.
Witnesses said the driver who was killed was 20-year-old Kevin Ward, but police would not officially release the deceased man’s name. Ward was driving car # 13 in the race.
Sportskeeda reports that one of Ward’s friends who witnessed the accident was interviewed. Tyler Graves described what he saw:
“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”
Graves does not believe that Stewart did this on purpose, he believes he tried to miss hitting Ward when he hit the throttle. Ward continued saying:
“You never mean to do something like that. Kevin was pissed and he let Tony know. And Tony was trying to give the message back that he wasn’t happy either. He went over the line with it.”
Social media is ripe with anger over this accident, with some pointing the finger at Stewart. Neil S. tweets:
“The actions of Tony Stewart look pretty damning. Looks like he caused the initial crash & then was anything but careful thereafter. #NASCAR”
Mark Griffith tweets:
“NASCAR in all seriousness can't allow Tony Stewart to race today.”
Others tweeted that it was nothing more than an accident. Joy Brooks tweets:
“my condolences go out to mr wards family.. I'm sure Tony didn't mean to hurt him #tragedy”
"Fox and Friends Weekend" and the video above from Newsy reports that people are saying that Stewart intentionally struck Ward. While the experts are still in the middle of their investigation, preliminary reports indicate that this was an accident. Some people are appalled that Stewart will race today at Watkins Glen.
The incident occurred at the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Tony Stewart is said to be cooperating with authorities as an investigation into this accident is underway.
Police are investigating this as an “on-track” incident and not a criminal matter today. Stewart will go on and race at Watkins Glen in New York on Sunday.
According to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Sunday morning, police are asking for any spectators that have a video from this accident to please pass it along to them. They would like different angles of this incident to use for their investigation.