So sad. During a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart accidentally hit and killed fellow driver, Kevin Ward Jr. Watch the video below. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
At Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York for the Empire Super Sprints series event, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, 43, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, with his sprint car in a horrific dirt-track accident on Aug. 9. Kevin was hit after he had stepped out of his car and was dragged by Tony’s car across the dirt-track. There is a video, but it is extremely graphic.
Tony Stewart: NASCAR Driver Hits & Kills Kevin Ward, Jr. In Accident
After driver Kevin Ward Jr. got out of his car after it crashed on the side wall to talk to Tony during the dirt-track race on Aug. 9, Tony’s car hit Kevin and carried him 50 feet, CBS News reports. The race was under a 25-lap caution at the time, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said, according to the outlet.
In the graphic video, one car swerves to avoid him and then Tony’s car ended up hitting Kevin. Screams are heard in the video as medical personnel rushed to Kevin’s aid.
Sheriff Philip Povero said that Kevin was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to CBS News. He died from injuries sustained in the accident. The sheriff said the investigation is not criminal and Stewart is “very upset” over the incident and is being “fully cooperative.”
A spokesman for Tony’s racing team said Kevin’s death is a “tragic accident,” CBS News reports. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” the spokesman said in a statement. “We’re still attempting to sort through all the details.”
HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY from a source that Tony would not be racing at the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
One day after the accident, Tony broke his silence about the tragedy and sent his condolences to Kevin’s grieving family.
“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.”
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.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Our thoughts go out to Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson