Race Car Driver Killed in Accident With Tony Stewart
NASCAR driver allegedly hit Kevin Ward in sprint car race
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2014 6:08 AM CDT
Ambulances at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 in Canandaigua, N.Y. Authorities are investigating a serious crash that killed one person.   (AP Photo/Logan Messerly)

(Newser) – NASCAR champ Tony Stewart hit and killed a fellow race car driver last night on a dirt track in Western New York. As the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, after driver Kevin Ward Jr. was spun out by Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, he got out of his car to confront Stewart; Stewart was apparently unable to avoid Ward and hit him, sending the 20-year-old flying down the track. "Stewart has fully cooperated with investigation," said the local sheriff, who said that Stewart appeared "very upset" and that criminal charges are not pending. "He acknowledges the collision with the driver." Ward was pronounced dead upon arrival at the local hospital.

"Tony came around ... the back end slid out, and he definitely caught him," said one witness. "The body made contact with the car and went sliding across the track. It was the worst thing I've ever seen." Stewart, who the AP reports will compete today in a Sprint Cup race in nearby Watkins Glen, said via a spokesman that "a fellow competitor lost his life" in a "tragic accident," and that "our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends." Sky News has video of the accident here.

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Aug 11, 2014 10:24 PM CDT
Stewart didn't try to kill him but definitely was trying to do something like buzz him or since he hit the gas I would say spray him with dirt but got too close. Stewart is a dick who needs a severe ass beating. I wouldn't mind doing the deed.
Aug 11, 2014 1:09 PM CDT
The word accident should be removed from the headline. IT should state that that a man race car driver died when hit by another car and authorities are determining if their is any culpability involved. And..yes..Stewart has always been a loose canon..a serious accident waiting to happen..Look at hockey goons that the NHL keeps around..Did Stewart know that hitting the gas would cause the car to fish tail right or left:) come on guys..and yes he should be thrown out of racing..and I'm sure he will be charged in civil court..
Aug 11, 2014 10:27 AM CDT
After viewing a couple of different videos posted on YouTube it definitely appears Tony Stewart purposefully caused this incident. I am also sure he only meant to "dust" Kevin Ward Jr. or come close enough to intimidate him for the aggressive race he was running with Stewart. But it is clear that while the driver in front of Stewart's car made a clearly visible attempt to go lower on the track to avoid Ward Jr., Stewart not only continued on a path that would take him extremely close to Ward Jr., he also gunned his engine as he was passing Ward Jr. in attempt to "dust" him at the very least. It was during this stunt that Ward Jr. was hit by a fish-tailing car and pulled underneath. Tony Stewart should be charged with Vehicular Manslaughter at the very least and face the possibility of a multi-year ban from all racing as well. At the most - well, let's just say it would involve 5-10 in the pen and a guaranteed lifetime ban from racing.