A race car driver was killed last night at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park when he walked onto the track during a race and was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart.
Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says the incident occurred during a sprint car event. The department has confirmed the victim was 20-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr. of Port Leyden. Video shot by fans at the track shows Ward getting out of his car after a crash, walking into the track, pointing and gesticulating at Stewart's car before he was hit.
Sheriff Povero says Ward was assisted on the track by medical staff then rushed to FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua where he was pronounced dead. There is no criminal investigation. He says Stewart appeared genuinely shaken and was cooperating with police.
Ward had just spun into a wall after colliding with Stewart's car on the previous lap. Ward got out of his car and apparently blamed Stewart for the crash, so he ran onto the track pointing at shouting at Stewart's car as it came around on the next lap. One car swerved and missed Ward, but Stewart's car hit him.
According to NASCAR, Stewart will race later today at Watkins Glenn as scheduled.