August 10, 2014

Driver Killed in Dirt Track Accident Involving Tony Stewart

From CBS News:

CANANDAIGUA, New York - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night.

Kevin Ward Jr. had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart's passing car, he was struck.

There is much debate as to whether Stewart deliberately accelerated to hit Ward, or if he was trying to gain traction to avoid hitting him.

This is video of the incident. It claims to be quite graphic, so be warned. I haven't yet watched it as, unless it's a terrorist or a criminal, I have no desire to see someone die.

By DMartyr at 11:52 AM | Comments |