NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart Hits & Kills 20-Year-Old Driver

Whether you're a NASCAR fan or not, you may have heard of Tony Stewart, who has had a long racing career and has broken several racing records. He's pretty much a hero in the sport. While racing in upstate N.Y. this weekend, Stewart hit and killed a 20-year-old driver named Kevin Ward Jr., and many are questioning whether it was an innocent accident or a deadly act of road rage.

The incident took place at New York's Candandaigua Motorsports Park and was not a NASCAR event. Before Stewart fatally hit him, Ward reportedly struck into Stewart's car, which resulted in his vehicle being pushed up against a wall and blowing out a tire. Ward got out of his vehicle and, while walking down the track, made an angry gesture at Stewart -- which is perfectly understandable given what had happened and how it pretty much knocked the young driver out of the race.

But then, as Stewart came around the track again, he fish-tailed and hit Ward, pulling him underneath his car before throwing him 50 feet down the track.

Ward was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Stewart has been cooperative with police and, as of now, their investigation is not criminal. While some witnesses believe Stewart sped up before he hit Ward, others argue the young man had no business walking in the middle of a racing track.

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This whole horrible thing has been caught on video, which brings up the question of whether it's completely morbid or totally fine to view footage of this. So many young kids are NASCAR fans that it may also make parents think twice before allowing their children to watch a sport that can be violent and deadly.

Are you a NASCAR fan? What do you think about what happened between Stewart and Ward?

 

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TheSi... TheSilence

I just watched the video and Ward basically stepped out in front of the damn car. Why would he do that? Accidents are going to happen in racing, this kid seemed a bit unbalanced.

Torra... TorranceMom

Am I a fan of watching cars drive around in a circle?  Let me think about that . . . no.

virgo... virgoariesmama

This is tragic I don't know where I stand but from the looks of the video it looks like the kid stepped out in front of Tony I'm not a Tony Stewart fan by any stretch of the imagination but Tony did nothing wrong. All I know is a kid lost his life in a tragic way I just pray for his family. May he R.I.P

Lisa Ann Dubay-Floyd

he steped out front of his car. those cars can't stop in a dime. 

Jeana... JeanaJaybird

This is a sticky situation.. prayers to all involved. Although I do find it odd that as an experienced racing professional Mr. Stewart wasn't able to redirect his car in another way until after he made impact with deceased.. the man did commit suicide in retrospect, he obviously had to be aware of the risks involved in such a dangerous doing. I don't know, but I do feel for those involved .. this was an unnecessary occurrence.

babyv... babyvader07

they didn't race in NY..


 

abbys... abbysmom12913

The driver who was killed was trying to get in stewarts face bc he was mad. My dads a race car driver and you are never supposed to leave your car unless its on fire or its going to blow up and at the very least you stand right next to the car. Even on a yellow flag those cars are going fast and its hard to stop. Plus the tracj they were on is the most poorly lit track and his fire suit was all black its very possible stewart didn'tsee him. Its ssuch a traedy but that young man let his emotions take over his saftey.

Ajack324 Ajack324

Tho I do think it was stupid to get out of his car and in the middle of damn track while others were whizzing by at very fast speeds. While I'm not sure he did it intentionally, Stewart's track record of angry outbursts can't be ignored.

Charl... Charlyla2

I think Ward was a moron. He steppedvin front of Stewart's freaking car! That's like walking onto an interstate during rush hour.

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