Tony Stewart hits and kills fellow driver Kevin Ward JR during Spring Car Race

NASCAR star, Tony Stewart, was involved in the death of fellow Sprint Car driver, Kevin Ward, JR late Saturday night. Stewart and Ward, 20, were involved in an altercation during the race. Video from the event at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, shows Tony and Kevin “racing” as Kevin’s spring car was forced up into the wall. After his car stops, Ward, jumps out of his car and begins walking towards the oncoming cars.

Stewart then struck Ward with his car. Ward was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead Saturday evening. Stewart removed himself from the NASCAR race today, which was held at Watkins Glen Speedway.

Stewart released the following statement today:

“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.”

Local authorities have told the media that Tony has been “very cooperative” during the opening stages of this investigation.

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