August 10th, 2014
09:11 AM ET

WITNESS VIDEO: Tony Stewart Hits and Kills Young Driver Who Walks Out on Track

WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SOME VIEWERS.

This witness video shows the moments leading up to the sprint race track crash involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, which killed Kevin Ward, Jr.

During the 14th lap, Stewart pushed Ward's car off the track. Ward exited his carĀ  and walked out between other racing vehicles to what appears to be an attempt to confront Stewart.

Stewart's spokesman announced that he will not compete in today's Cheez-It 355 NASCAR race and that the decision was Stewart's.


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  1. Rob

    I believe in being a fan, but I am disgusted as,a,human,being to hear,people,sticking up for,this guy! Maybe,next time,it will be,your,kid! Nascar,needs to fire,stuart hands,down.

    August 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  2. Bill

    We can all agree that drivers should not get out of their cars and on to the track. But given Tony's hot headed past it is not unimaginable to believe that he was a little culpable in the young man's death. Look and listen to the video closely, you can hear Tony's car accelerate and see the rear kick out. Tony knows what he did and should probably never race again. I would like to hear a statement from the Ward family.

    August 12, 2014 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Please you need to listen again.... Camera shooting this is across the track, that engine could have come from any car.

      August 12, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
      • bobbie

        I saw the complete video right after it happened, Steward kicked it and the right rear tire slid towards the kid spitting him out, I think maybe the idea was to just cover the kid in mud as a insult but it just went wrong. Those cars have brakes it would be different if he slid into him. Steward has been out of his car on the track acting a bigger fool so they can drop that crap.

        August 17, 2014 at 10:19 am |
  3. Neal

    Well....if you took the time to watch other videos you would see that a
    All cars in other incidents slow to a crawl after a wreak. Take a look at the race where Tony boy broke his leg. See how all the cars were going five miles an hour when they came around. It's called caution. If a driver gets flung out of his car is it ok to come around on a CAUTION and mow him over. When Y
    Tony Boy was sitting in his car with a busted leg I bet he liked caution lights and curtisy. He's a hot head and should be jailed. The track isn't a Lience to kill for drivers. There's rules. Yellow lights. Tonys bad judgement killed that boy and we all know it. Don't be fooled. Call it clean like you would for your own blood. Hell I like Tony but he should have slowed down and I expect someone with 22 years more experience to look out for the little guys. DONT JUST MOW THEM DOWN!!!!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Some things I see.... Night Race, dirt track with dirt and dusty flying, and Kevin wear Black. I dont think Tony wanted to hit the kid. Tony does have a GoPro atacked to car and im sure chatter over the radio will help determine things a little better. But watch the video again... number 45 almost hits Kevin, seem 45 saw the kid at the last min jerking the wheel, kevin even seem to jump. The camera footage is from turn 2 the accident happen from the back side of turn 4. The engine reving from another car coming down in front of that camera. Tony hot head makes this look bad. The backlash from this will haunt him for the rest of his life. I just cant believe Tony wanted to hit, scare or kill Kevin. Tony im sure not a bad guy he just competitive and like to show emotions.

      August 12, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • bobbie

        "'Kevin wearing Black"", With White Stripes all over his fire suit, Can people not see that? I think this is deserving of a Pete Rose, banned for life.

        August 17, 2014 at 10:25 am |
  4. IvanI

    I watched all of the news reports and agree with the other viewers that Ward made a crucial mistake running out onto the track and intentionally putting himself in harms way. But as I watched the full video on YouTube, I could see and hear what appears to be Stewart bumping the gas pedal as he approached Ward. My initial thought was that Stewart was just trying to scare him by hitting the gas and causing the rear of the car to swipe towards Ward, but the more I watched, the more it looks like Stewart was trying to throw mud/dirt at him with the right rear tire.The dirt track drivers all know what is going to happen to the rear of the car when you bump the pedal. This is not unlike dirt bikes where you crack the throttle and push out the rear tire to roost (throw mud or dirt on) a fellow rider or an obnoxious spectator. It's a way of making a statement of your own....only Stewart's statement backfired with horrific consequences. Cars on a dirt track under slower caution speeds can maneuver around obstacles with steering alone as you could see in the video where the blue car just before Stewart steered away from Ward to avoid him.

    August 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  5. Sofi

    Driver should have stayed in the car it was a very stupid idea to get out and confront him in the track... it could have been anyone.... RIP

    August 11, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
  6. eric76

    It is very clear that Kevin Ward Jr should not have behaved as he did. It was stupid of him to walk out into traffic like that.

    However, from the videos, it was clear that Tony Stewart did not have control over his car during a yellow flag! And there didn't appear to be anything wrong with the car. He was clearly going around that corner drifting to the outside.

    If he did indeed gun it, as was mentioned by others, then that would account for the car not maintaining its line. And if he gunned it at Ward and that caused it to lose control, I can see no reason why that wouldn't be justly considered to be a homicide.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  7. Bill Turnage

    Absolutely a non-story, past the fact that a driver made an ill considered decision to jump out of a car in a black coverall, black helmet, and try to confront a SPEEDING RACE CAR!!!!!!!!!! End of story. This story will get blown all out of proportion by the media, as usual, and Mr. Stewart will be tried in the court of public opinion, whether he is indicted officially or not, which he won't be. The only newsworthy tidbit in this story is a driver made a bad decision and paid for it with his life. God bless the grieving family, may you all gain comfort from the fact that your loved one died doing what he loved.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply
  8. Steve

    Obviously, Tony didn't mean to kill him – that goes without saying. I do, however, think he wanted to scare him. Tony is known for going to these races to show up young racers, and older guys who never made it big. He also has a bad attitude and a temper, in general – check out the video of him throwing his helmet at Kenseth at a Nascar race.

    August 11, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
  9. Daniel R. Smith, Sr

    THE DRIVER SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN HIS CAR. NO IF ANDS OR BUT ABOUT IT.

    August 11, 2014 at 8:18 am | Reply
  10. Karen Crawford

    There should be NO charges against Tony Stewart !!!!!!! An ACCIDENT IS AN ACCIDENT and you can not tell me for one second that Tony Steward did this on purpose...Come on now you Tony haters why on earth would you say he should be charge, he should be banned and dumb comments like that???? If you think for 1 second that he did this on purpose then you have a very narrow mind and have blinders on.....Tony use to have a wicked temper and if any of you watch racing all the time you have to admit that he has calmed down 100% in the past few years ...The only temper that showed here was that of the Young man that died....He should never have crossed that race track while there was moving cars....he should have waiting to confront Steward in the pits...Now I am NOT putting the blame on the Young man that lost his life so don't take it as such...I am NOT putting blame anywhere, I'm just saying the young man handled this so very wrong and lost his life.....It's a very SAD thing that happened but remember AN ACCIDENT IS AN ACCIDENT not an on purpose~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  11. Larry Kohlruss

    Well, from what the Video shows, it appears that Kevin Ward pretty much jumped into the oncoming path of the cars. Sorry to say, but he put him-self in danger. I have worked the Track at these races, and towed and recovered these cars. They slide very easy on that dirt. Someone runs out in front of you, and your reaction is to steer away, and your back end WILL slide. It's just a fact. Tony Stewart, I would say was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ward was obviously angry and not thinking straight and made a very costly mistake. It's a tragic happening and will leave a mark on all involved for some time to come. My prayers to all....

    August 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  12. Debbie Gwin

    I watched this video and by no means do I think Tony is to blame . Ward got out of his car on a track that had cars on it racing, ( which he should not have done) and the way I saw the video the car in front of Tony blocked Tonys view from seeing Ward on the track. I pray for the Ward family for their loss but I also pray for Tony and the horror he is going through right now due to another drivers neglect and rules of safety during any race.

    August 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  13. Longrod Von Hugedong

    WOW that was such a graphic video CNN, you really showed some hardcore carnage in that one...

    August 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  14. Vince Skaggs

    Sorry to smoke ( Tony Stewart ) we know that you did not mean for this to happen we hope that you can live with this but just remember that Kevin new not to get out of the car (GOD REST HIS SOUL ) but he did.

    August 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  15. Vince Skaggs

    Sorry to the family of Kevin Ward we'll be praying for you

    August 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  16. Kevin Rimney

    Even if he pushed the other car off the track on purpose... what idiot gets out and runs into a race? From what little info I have and can see in the video this was anger causing someone to do something completely stupid, and I can't say it was Tony Stewart. No he should not race today so soon after an accident like this.
    As my grandmother would say, "think before you leap."

    August 10, 2014 at 11:13 am | Reply
  17. John

    This is a tragedy. Having said that, the driver should not have been on the track, chasing cars. He should have stayed with his car, or exited the track; rather than trying to force a confrontation with another driver. If you have never raced before, you have absolutely no idea of what goes on inside one of those cars...it's likely Stewart was watching how close the other car was, and didn't see the driver on the track, until it was much too late. This tragedy could have been avoided, had the young driver not entered the race area, in contravention of the rules of racing.

    August 10, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
  18. glades2

    Glad he made the right decision not to race today – as for the accident the investigators will determine what happened, and it's a lesson for evryone when it comes to anger behind the wheel, because that can easily lead to something much more serious – always better just to let it go, and had this young driver did that he'd still be with us today...

    August 10, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
  19. Nita myers

    I don't think any race car driver should exit their car unless they are under caution, having these temper tantrums with cars running around is like putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger, i don't feel as though i was Stewart's fault.

    August 10, 2014 at 10:01 am | Reply
  20. Doriano "Paisano" Carta

    Why didn't any of these four "reporters" mention more of the details about this "accident" such as the fact that the young man who was killed by Stewart was on the track to confront Stewart for crashing him into the wall? Witnesses stated that it looked like Tony gunned his engine when he saw the irate driver on the track which causes the rear of the vehicle to flare out. Investigators and the legal system will determine if this was intentional or not but why didn't anyone even bring this up? Also, Stewart is infamous for his insane temper so who knows what happened here. By the way, no matter what happened, the young man who got killed made a stupid decision to go on the track during a race. Why would you risk your life over a car or a race????? Not worth it. He should have confronted Tony after the race.

    August 10, 2014 at 9:58 am | Reply

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