A Winged Sprint car driver suffered fatal injuries after an incident with a NASCAR driver at a New York dirt track.
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was participating in a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York when he and another driver, identified as Kevin Ward, Jr., 20, had contact on the track. Ward left his race car and approached Stewart’s car on foot. It was then when Stewart reportedly struck Ward with his Winged Sprint car.
According to Thad Brown, Assistant Sports Director at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York who tweeted from a press conference conducted by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, Ward was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Stewart was taken to the sheriff’s department where he was questioned and released. Brown tweeted that the District Attorney has been notified but no charges are pending at this time. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Prescott Rossi, a sports anchor and reporter for WROC-TV who was also at the press conference, tweeted that Stewart is cooperating with police and that he is “very upset” about the incident. Rossi added that an autopsy will be conducted.