A sprint car driver was struck and killed Saturday night by a car driven by NASCAR’s Tony Stewart after an accident on the track.
Kevin Ward Jr., 20, got out of his car to express dissatisfaction with Stewart after apparent contact between the two in a sprint car event at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York, according to USA Today.
USA Today reported on what happened next:
A video of the incident shows Ward out of his crashed car, walking on the track toward the race cars, which had slowed for a yellow flag. Ward points a finger and appears to be yelling. One car swerves to avoid Ward on the track.
Stewart’s car passes close to Ward, and it appears that its right rear tire hits him.
Ward died from injuries suffered in the incident.
Stewart-Haas Racing issued the following statement:
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating. Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
According to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, the tragedy is being investigated as an on-track incident and is not a criminal investigation.
Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero said “Stewart has fully cooperated.”
Stewart was scheduled to race at a NASCAR event Sunday at Watkins Glen International, but has decided not to participate in the event.
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