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Tony Stewart Crashes Into and Kills Kevin Ward Jr., Who Ran on Track to Confront Him (Video)
On Saturday night, at a small-stakes sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, NASCAR legend Tony Stewart struck with his car and killed 20 year-old Kevin Drew, who had exited his crashed car, seemingly in anger at Stewart, and was on foot on the track, trying to flag down Tony Stewart.
Despite the footage (below) of the crash/confrontation/accident, which shows the events fairly clearly, the Internet is running rampant with speculation over Stewart’s awareness of Drew’s presence, as well as his intentions at the time of the tragedy. Currently, law enforcement and other powers that be are treating this as a racing accident, and not a crime.
Here’s the video. It’s not terribly graphic, but it does clearly show the impact that killed Kevin Drew:
Prior to the incident, Stewart played a part in Drew spinning out and crashing into the wall. Drew then exited his car in anger, but remained on the track to flag down Stewart, confrontationally. Stewart’s car strikes Drew, then drags his body a few feet before Drew’s body falls to the side, and Stewart proceeds momentarily. Drew was rushed to the hospital, and pronounced dead upon arrival.
Adding to the speculation is Stewart’s history of confrontations with fellow drivers during and after races. He has thrown his helmet at other cars during races, and has demonstrated explosive reactions following races on several occasions in his career.
Although Stewart was originally set to race in today’s Cheez-It 355, even after the incident, he withdrew prior to the race, and issued the following statement:
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. 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.”