On Aug. 10, just one day after race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. died in a tragic accident, his family honored their lost loved one in a heartfelt gesture.
Kevin Ward Jr., 20, lost his life during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, 43, accidentally struck and killed the young driver. His family continues to mourn the tragic loss and they showed their love for Kevin in a very special group photo.
Kevin Ward Jr.’s Family Pays Tribute After Tragic Death
Members of Kevin’s family honored the late 20-year-old with a loving group picture on Facebook. The photo shows many family members wearing black and white T-shirts with Kevin’s racing logo from his website.
The T-shirt also included the message “Always and forever, Daily Mail reports.So sweet.
Kevin’s family has also said that they are appreciative of “the prayer and support” that they’ve received, but “would like time to grieve” and “wrap our heads around all of this,” Daily Mail reports.
The tribute occurred one day after Kevin was killed on a dirt-track in upstate New York at the Empire Super Sprints series event.
During the race, Tony and Kevin’s cars collided, which caused Kevin’s car to veer into a side wall, USA Today reports. After the crash, Kevin got out of the car and showed his irritation over the turn of events, the graphic video shows.
An eyewitness said that Kevin wanted to “yell and point a finger at Tony” after his car had crashed.
Kevin walked from his car into the middle of the track while the race was still going on. One car missed Kevin, but Tony’s car nabbed him and dragged him yards down the dirt-track. Kevin was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Despite the unified front from many members of Kevin’s family, his aunt lashed out at Tony after the accident.
Kevin’s aunt, Wendi Ward, wrote an emotional message on Aug. 10 about the love she had for her nephew on Facebook, but she also took a moment to criticize the driver who accidentally killed her loved one.
“I feel numb, I look into the eyes of family and see a deep hurt that should not be there, my heart has pounded out of my chest for hours, thanks for thinking of our family tony Stewart when you decided to be a dick,” Wendi wrote. “My nephew was one of a kind, a true race car driver, a piss head and a sweetie all in one, a young man who will be truly missed by many! Aunt Wendi loves you budster, forever in our hearts.”
Tony released a statement on Aug. 10 and offered his condolences to Kevin’s family. Tony was supposed to race at Watkins Glen International, but HollywoodLife.com learned from a source that he would not race. We’ve also found out the truth from a source on whether or not Tony would race again after the accident.
Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Kevin’s family and friends during this most difficult time.
The video of the fatal accident is below. WARNING: The contents of the video are graphic.
— Avery Thompson