NASCAR's Stewart involved in fatal incident
10 August 2014 – NASCAR's Tony Stewart was involved in a fatal incident during a sprint car race on Saturday night.
The three-time series champion, competing at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York, collided with 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had exited his car to gesticulate to Stewart after the pair had clashed on the previous lap and brought out the yellow flags.
Stewart was unharmed, but Ward Jr. succumbed to his injuries.
A statement from the Ontario County (NY) Sheriff's Department explained: "The driver of the car that spun exited the racecar and walked down the track onto the racing surface.
"Two race cars travelling in tandem approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars.
"The first car swerved to avoid the driver out on the track. The second car, operated by Tony Stewart, struck the driver.
"The driver was treated by on-track medical staff and transported to FF Thompson Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 11.15pm.
"At this point, Mr Stewart has co-operated with the investigation, which is ongoing."
A statement from the Stewart-Haas team said: "A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating.
"Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
"We're still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time."