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Tony Stewart Hits and Kills Race Car Driver [VIDEO]

    August 10, 2014
    Erika Watts
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver during a 25-lap race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York on Saturday night. Police are investigating the incident and report that Stewart is being completely cooperative.

The incident that took the life of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. occurred about halfway through the sprint car race. Following a collision with Tony Stewart that took Ward out of the race, Ward exited his car and began walking up the track while other cars were approaching. It was then that Stewart clipped Ward, which resulted in the young man’s death.

View a video of the incident below. Warning: the below video is graphic; view at your own discretion.

In an interview with Sporting News, sprint car driver Tyler Graves gave his version of the incident.

“Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing,” Graves said. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car…He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.”

“I know Tony could see him,” Graves continued. “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.”

Even though Graves believes Stewart was angry with Ward (image below), he doesn’t believe that Stewart hit the other driver on purpose. “You never mean to do something like that,” Graves said. “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.”

No charges have been brought against Tony Stewart so far, but police are investigating the incident. The fact that Stewart hasn’t been charged has angered many racing fans, many of whom believe that something like this was bound to happen because of the driver’s infamous temper.

Despite a spokesperson saying that Sunday’s NASCAR race would be “business as usual” for Tony Stewart, it has now been announced that Stewart won’t participate in Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.

Image via YouTube

  • American

    Obviously lacking maturity. Tantrums on the track can lead to this suicidal behavior. Sad. No more drivers leaving cab unless emergency.

  • J.T. MYRTLE BEACH

    Let’s get this s#%t going! Tony Stewart should’ve been on Ritalin a long time ago. Like after he was born! (the demon seed that he is!) It appears that he was going faster than the car that had just went by Kevin before Mr. I need anger management decided to tweak his car by hitting the gas just before getting to Kevin. I believe ole Tony the rabid tiger “thought” he was gonna scare Kevin but actually hit him by accident. Either way, that’s “Manslaughter”! If you kill someone accidentally while being negligent or reckless, that’s Manslaughter. He should be accountable for his reckless abandon! NASCAR should make an example of this incident and go after anyone who shows this kind of aggression or bad temper tendencies and make sure drivers like Stewart are under some kind of control. Oh yea, and all drivers must stay in their race cars unless on fire or some sort of eminent danger from with in the race car until emergency first responders get to them. Not a good idea to do what I’ve seen ALOT of drivers do like Kevin did. Either way, a young man lost his life for nothing. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Totally unnecessary!