So sad. Kevin Ward Jr. was laid to rest of August 14, after tragically being struck and killed by driver, Tony Stewart, during a sprint car race on Aug. 9.
20-year-old sprint car driver, Kevin Ward Jr. was tragically hit and killed during a race on Aug. 9. by fellow driver, Tony Stewart, 43. Friends and family paid their final respects on Aug. 14. as they laid the fallen driver to rest, and honored Kevin by wearing orange and white ribbons, his signature racing colors.
Kevin Ward Jr. Funeral
Kevin was laid to rest on Aug. 14. as friends and family gathered in Turin, N.Y. to say goodbye to the fallen driver. Kevin’s sister, Kayla Herring, told Radar Online the importance behind wearing his racing colors.
“The reason for our orange and white ribbons is to show how bright those colors are. Kevin’s colors,” Kayla said. “And even against black, orange and white shine through.”
According to the site, the Dixie Chicks’ song, “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” played through the auditorium speakers as Kayla made an emotional speech about her late brother while choking back tears.
“If there wasn’t a dirt track in heaven before, there sure is now,” she said. “From all of us, Kevin, please watch over us. Drive fast. Turn left and Godspeed. You will never be forgotten.”
So incredibly sad, our thoughts are with Kevin’s loved ones at this time.
Tony Stewart — Second Video Surfaces of Kevin Ward Jr. Accident
Following the initial video of the accident, authorities have reportedly acquired a second video of the incident. The Daily Mail reports that the new footage, which was shot by a fan, reportedly shows Tony speeding up as he came close to Kevin, who was wearing dark clothing.
The site claims that the video shows Tony hitting the young driver with his right tire. Then, reportedly Kevin was pulled beneath the car and was then thrown into the air.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Tony is said to be cooperating with authorities. However, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion was picked up by his $6 million private plane that was reportedly grabbing luggage from his Columbus, Ind. and taking it to an unknown location.
Our thoughts go out to Kevin’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Caitlin Beck