Kevin Ward Jr. was tragically hit and killed by Tony Stewart in a dirt-track racing accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. Watch the video of the terrible accident here. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died on Aug. 9 from injuries he sustained following an accident with Tony Stewart, 43. During the race, Kevin’s car hit the side and he stepped out of the car. While walking on the dirt-track, Tony accidentally hit Kevin and dragged him across the track with his car.
Tony Stewart Kills Driver Kevin Ward Jr: See Video Of The Accident
In the video, Kevin’s #13 sprint car hit the side of the track. After Tony’s car spun Kevin’s out, he walked out from his crashed to talk to Tony, an eyewitness claims. However, Kevin walked directly into the line of oncoming cars.
The #45 car barely missed him, but Tony’s car ended up hitting Kevin and dragged him a number of feet away. Viewers were shocked at what just happened before their eyes. “Oh, he hit him!” a fan exclaimed in the video.
A number of screams are heard as medical help rushed to Kevin’s side. The 20-year-old was later pronounced dead at the hospital, CBS News reports. The last few seconds of the video show Tony’s car stopped on the tracks.
“Out of respect to the incident and the death and the ongoing investigation Tony Stewart is being urged not to race by Nascar officials on Sunday and has currently made the decision that he will not race,” a source told HollywoodLife.com. “He is very shaken over the incident.”
Tony released a statement on Aug. 10 about the accident and offered his condolences to Kevin’s family.
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr,” Tony’s statement read, according to ESPN. “It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
NASCAR also released a statement over the accident: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow competitors of Kevin Ward Jr. We support Tony Stewart’s decision to miss today’s race and we will continue to respect the process and timeline of the local authorities and will continue to monitor this situation moving forward.”
Regan Smith, 30, will race in place of Tony at the Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, CBS News reports.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero announced that an investigation is underway, but it is not criminal, the outlet also reports.
We offer our sincere condolences to Kevin’s family and friends at this time.
— Avery Thompson