Tony Stewart has finally broken his silence over the Aug. 9 accident that killed fellow driver, Kevin Ward Jr. The NASCAR driver released an emotional statement on Aug. 10 that detailed his ‘sadness’ over the tragedy.
The racing world was shocked and saddened after the events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, 43, hit and tragically killed Kevin Ward Jr. during the race in a shocking accident, 20. One day later, Tony released a heartfelt statement to Kevin’s family.
Tony Stewart Statement: Offers Condolences & Sends Prayers To Kevin Ward Jr.’s Family
After Kevin stepped out of his crashed car, Tony accidentally struck and killed him while racing on the dirt-track. An eyewitness claims that Kevin wanted to “yell” at Tony for spinning his car out.
HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY from a source that Tony would not be participating at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Aug. 10. Tony has now spoken out for the very first time since the deadly accident that killed Kevin on Aug. 9.
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr,” Tony said in a statement, 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.”
Kevin was pronounced dead at a hospital after the accident, CBS News reports. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said an investigation is underway, but it is not criminal. He noted that Tony is being “fully cooperative,” the outlet also reports.
Kevin’s family, as well as fans, continue to grieve the tragic loss. Kevin’s aunt, Wendi Ward, wrote on her Facebook page on Aug. 10 about the tragedy and even called Tony a “d–k.” Other members of Tony’s family paid tribute to Kevin one day after the fatal accident.
NASCAR also released a statement about the accident, according to ESPN:
“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.”
We send our condolences to Kevin’s family during this trying time.
— Avery Thompson