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Tony Stewart will not race after hitting, killing Kevin Ward Jr. - ESPN
  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    Yeah, I saw the video of Smoke hitting Ward on the national news this morning. Terrible news! They did not show the actual hit but they showed everything up to the point of impact.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      This accident did not have to happen. I just saw the entire video - Ward ran out onto the track trying to "confront" Stewart. The car just in front of Stewart saw Ward running and veered around him - Stewart did not have a chance to see him. This was a tragic case of anger overriding common sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

      Yeah, I saw the video of Smoke hitting Ward on the national news this morning. Terrible news! They did not show the actual hit but they showed everything up to the point of impact.

      Cheers

      -don
      I saw the whole video on YouTube in the early AM hours before it was removed. I would have been more surprised if he lived. Very very bad deal. Condolences to the Ward family and prayers for everyone involved.
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        Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

        I saw the whole video on YouTube in the early AM hours before it was removed. I would have been more surprised if he lived. Very very bad deal. Condolences to the Ward family and prayers for everyone involved.
        I hear you and unfortunately for the family the full videos are all over YouTube now. As a lifelong race fan I echo your sentiments 100%.

        Cheers

        -don
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    It is tragic that Ward died, but it is just as tragic that Stewart (or any driver) now has to live with it even knowing there was little that he could have done to prevent it.

    Ward died, but had he not, or not been hit, everyone would have been calling him 'idiot', 'moron', and everything in between for running around on a racetrack in the middle of a race, caution flag or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      I hate that anyone was hurt, much less killed. This is tragic on many different levels, for everyone involved.

      My first thought was "Running on to a race track with a race in progress? Less than smart."

      Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

      It is tragic that Ward died, but it is just as tragic that Stewart (or any driver) now has to live with it even knowing there was little that he could have done to prevent it.

      Ward died, but had he not, or not been hit, everyone would have been calling him 'idiot', 'moron', and everything in between for running around on a racetrack in the middle of a race, caution flag or not.
      Exactly!

      But then, who among us has not said or done something "less-than-smart" in the heat of the moment?

      Dang.

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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    Yeah, tragic for sure and he's not the first guy to run out onto a track to scold another driver. I've seen top level drivers in top level Nascar races do similar things in the past. Walking out onto a dirt track near the racing groove adorned in black race attire on a relatively dark track during a night race certainly was not a wise thing to do.

    Below is a video of Smoke running out in the middle of the pit road exit to throw his helmet at Matt Kenseth. You will see Tony firing his helmet at about the 1:04 mark and the crowd cheered his "perfect strike".


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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    This case is headed to a grand jury...

    Tony Stewart case in death of Kevin Ward Jr. sent to grand jury - ESPN

    I think some folks believe Smoke may have been trying to "throw" mud at Kevin Ward when he came around after the accident.

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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    Follow-up:

    The grand jury has decided not to indict Smoke and the DA says Ward was under the influence of marijuana according the toxicology reports. He also said the videos showed no "aberrational driving" by Tony.

    Toxicology reports revealed Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana on the night he was stuck and killed by a sprint car driven by Tony Stewart, Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Wednesday.

    At a news conference to announce that a grand jury had declined to indict Stewart in Ward's death, Tantillo said the level of marijuana in Ward's system was high enough to impair judgment.

    Ward angrily gestured at Stewart's car as he walked down the banking of Canandaigua Motorsports Park under caution during an Aug. 9 race. He died of blunt force trauma from the impact with Stewart's car.

    Tantillo said there were two charges submitted for consideration by the grand jury against Stewart: manslaughter in the second degree and criminally negligent homicide. He said neither received the necessary 12 votes from the 23-person grand jury to charge Stewart. The grand jury heard the evidence and deliberated "over the better part of two days,"

    DA: Kevin Ward Jr. was under the influence of marijuana
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I'm surprisde it went to a grand jury - and that it took them two days to decide.

      I would have been shocked at any other outcome. I am, however, surprised by the toxicology.
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