NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race Saturday night.
Stewart spun Ward out during the Canandaigua Motorsports Park sprint car race in upstate New York on Saturday and Ward angrily got out of his car and stepped into the track. Stewart’s vehicle struck Ward and sent him sliding down the cement, witnesses to the race told USA Today.
Ward was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
Local police said that the 43-year-old Stewart was “fully cooperative,” and that the incident was not being investigated as a criminal matter. Police are gathering interviews and video evidence of the incident, and are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
A video uploaded on YouTube purports to show the incident. (Warning: it’s disturbing.)
Early eyewitness accounts corroborate the video. When Stewart’s car struck him, Ward had exited his car…
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