Tony Stewart accidentally hit and killed 20-year old Kevin Ward Jr. in a tragic accident on Aug. 9. Kevin’s family is grieving, and one of his family members slammed Tony and called him a ‘d–k.’
Kevin Ward Jr.’s, 20, family is still in mourning over the devastating loss of the young driver. Kevin was killed after Tony Stewart’s 43, car hit him after he stepped out of his crashed car during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. Two days after the accident, a close family member of Kevin’s sounded off on the tragedy and had a few choice words for Tony.
Tony Stewart: Kevin Ward Jr. Family Member Calls Him A ‘D–k’
Tony Stewart sent his sincere condolences to Kevin’s family about the accident in an emotional statement on Aug. 10, but his family continues to grieve. Kevin’s aunt, Wendi Ward, detailed her “deep hurt” in a long Facebook post on Aug. 10, and even called Tony a “d–k.”
“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.”
Kevin’s family has said that they appreciate “all the prayer and support,” but “would like time to grieve” and “wrap our heads around all of this,” Daily Mail reports.
Members of Kevin’s family paid tribute to him on Facebook on Aug. 10 with pictures of them wearing T-shirts that had Kevin’s logo from his website and the words “Always and forever,” the outlet reports.
The entire situation is such a devastating tragedy. Kevin’s graphic death was caught on video for the world to see at the Aug. 9 event. Tony’s car made “contact” with Kevin’s, causing Kevin’s car to hit a side wall, an eyewitness detailed to USA Today. Kevin stepped out of his car to “yell and point a finger” at Tony before being hit, the eyewitness said.
Tony was set to race at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Aug. 10, but HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY from a source that Tony would drop out of the race due to the accident. Our source said he was “very shaken over the incident.”
Driver Regan Smith, 30, took Tony’s place in the car, CBS News said.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said that an investigation is underway, but it is not criminal, the outlet reports.
NASCAR also released a statement about the accident on Aug. 10, 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.”
The video from the accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park is below. WARNING: The video is graphic and may not be suitable for everyone.
Our thoughts go out to Kevin’s family during this tough time.
— Avery Thompson