NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has allegedly gone into hiding following the fatal crash that took Kevin Ward Jr.’s life on Aug. 9. Plus, a second video of the accident is now being reviewed by the authorities. Read on for all the details!
Tony Stewart, 43, has reportedly left his hometown of Columbus, Ind. following the Aug. 9 incident in which he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20. At this time, the authorities are continuing to investigate — with the help of a second video of the crash — whether criminal charges should be filed against Tony, a new report claims.
Tony Stewart Kills Kevin Ward Jr. — Second Video Of Accident Surfaces
Authorities have reportedly acquired a second video of the incident. The footage, which was filmed by a fan allegedly shows Tony accelerating as he came close to Kevin, who was wearing dark clothing, the Daily Mail reports.
In the video, Tony is reportedly seen hitting the younger driver with his rear right tire, pulling him beneath the car, and then throwing him in the air, the news site claims.
Kevin died of massive blunt trauma to the head, an autopsy found.
Tony’s reps have claimed that he did not see Kevin — it was dark at 10:30p.m. — but another driver, Paul Kinney, told NBC News: “Only Tony knows exactly what happened. I seen Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either.”
Tony is reportedly cooperating with authorities, however, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion is staying far away from the 15,700 sq. ft. custom-built 6-bedroom, 12-bath log cabin compound that he owns outside Columbus, Ind. His $6 million private plane was allegedly seen picking up luggage in Tony’s hometown before it took off to an unknown location.
Tony Stewart: Fans Attack Him On Facebook
Whether or not Tony is guilty of any wrongdoing, it’s clear why he’s staying out of the public eye. On Tony’s own Facebook page, a man identifying himself as “King Joe Shearer” wrote, “Watch the video…you hear Stewart rev his engine…it looks like homicide.”
Hopefully, this second video will help authorities finish their investigation and bring this case to a close.
Our thoughts go out to Kevin’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers