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Tony Stewart: NASCAR driver hits, kills on-foot driver during dirt-track race

Tony Stewart was involved in a tragic accident over the weekend.
Tony Stewart was involved in a tragic accident over the weekend.
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a tragic accident over the weekend that left one fellow driver dead. CNN reported on Aug. 10, 2014, that Tony Stewart hit and killed an on-foot driver during a dirt-track race in upstate New York on Saturday night.

The accident occurred at the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint track at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero would not reveal the name of the driver that was killed after he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital in Canandaigua. Authorities say that Stewart is "very upset," but has been "fully cooperative" with them.

ESPN reports that a video did show driver Kevin Ward Jr. wearing a black helmet and firesuit on the dimly lit track. He was seen walking toward Stewart's car before he was hit and thrown about 50 feet.

Tony Stewart was unhurt in the accident. A statement from Stewart's co-owned company, Stewart-Haas Racing read:

"A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating," the statement read. "Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We're still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time."

The 43-year-old Stewart was questioned by police and released. Authorities have asked for all those with video of the crash to contact them so they can have copies to review and investigate.

As of early Sunday morning, there was no word on whether Stewart would race in the Watkins Glen NASCAR event later that day. It is said that the race is extremely critical for Stewart's NASCAR championship chances.

Details are still being sorted out and the investigation is ongoing.