During the Empire Super Sprints series event Saturday night, race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed after he was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart.
It all began when Ward got out of his No. 13 car after an on-track accident involving Stewart, 43, occurred at Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, N.Y.
The 20-year-old driver appeared angered by the incident and attempted to yell at Stewart—even walking on the track toward the race cars. Stewart’s car then hit Ward on the next lap—sending Ward literally flying down the track.
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"Tony came around...the back end slid out, and he definitely caught him – I couldn't tell if it was with the front or the back of the car...The body made contact with the car and went sliding across the track. It was the worst thing I've ever seen," an eyewitness told USA TODAY.
After he was brought to the Thompson Health hospital by an ambulance, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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Cops say Ward’s death was an “on-track” accident and not a criminal matter. The investigation is still ongoing.
Stewart, who is a three-time champion in NASCAR’s top division, is supposed to race Sunday in the Sprint Cup race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and as of now is still planning on doing so.
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