Breaking: The Ontario County sheriff will do a press conference at 5pm today (Monday) with Sheriff Phil Povero talking about the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward incident. The people who have been contacted have knowledge. From Sheriff Povero: Autopsy on Mr. Ward was done today. Cause of death was massive blunt trauma. No timelines set on this. Right now, they continue to try to find relevant information about this investigation.
Just learned that Attorney Jim Voyles will represent Tony Stewart
Kevin Ward has died. Dead on arrival. Stewart will not race at Watkins Glen on Sunday.
He got into an accident with driver Kevin Ward Jr. Some reports say it was intentional, while other reports say it wasn't. This pic is from @loganmesserly, who was at the track. He has been hauled away from the track. Kevin Ward is a 20 year old driver, who drives the Rider Racing Engines Powered #13 360 Sprint Car. This is Ward's bio from a sprint car website. http://www.sprintsource.com/profile/?rt=driver&r=18403
Was just told Ontario County Sheriff currently meeting with victims parents. Will talk to media momentarily.
Ward started in the third row in the race. He is from Port Leyden, NY. Apparently there was no sign of a trauma alert, which is a very bad sign.
Very graphic video of accident.
From @danielfarish, talking with MRN officials: Word from the MRN officials are that Tony Stewart intentionally swung his car at Kevin Ward. Oh hell.
Adam Longo, a Phoenix news anchor (@adamlongocbs5) **UPDATE**: One witness tells me they DO NOT believe Tony Stewart hit the driver intentionally, but rather swerved to get out of his way.
UPDATE: Witness: Incident happened coming out of turn 2. Tony Stewart spun another driver. That driver got out of his car. UPDATE2: WITNESS: When the field came around to turn 2 under yellow, driver who was out of his car got hit by Stewart's right rear tire.
UPDATE 3: Witness: Tony Stewart apparently fishtailed his car into the other driver. Afterwards, that driver layed motionless on the track. Another fan reported to me that the driver who was on the track was hit and was knocked back about 25 feet.
Another eyewitness report:
This was a pic of Tony's car:
This pic is from @loganmesserly, who was at the track.
Bob Dillner of Fox Sports reports this:
According to a witness on scene at Canadaigua Speedway in NY Tony Stewart & Kevin Ward tangled during a Sprint Car wreck, Ward got out of car & walked toward Tony Stewart's car to confront him. Stewart's car made contact w/Ward. Witness says police secured area, track cancelled rest of racing for the night and everyone was ushered out of the track.
Bob Pockrass of Sporting News:
Rich Willis, who was at the track, said he didn’t see exactly what happened but his sister down in Turn 1 did. He saw Stewart and Kevin Ward get into the wreck.
“People (who could see it better) said the guy got out of his car and was gesturing angrily at Tony Stewart when Tony Stewart came by during the next lap under yellow,” Willis said in a phone interview. “He approached him and evidently when he was driving by the guy standing on the track gesturing at him, he gunned his engine.
Tyler Graves, a sprint-car racer and friend of Ward's, told Sporting News in a phone interview that he was sitting in the Turn 1 grandstands and saw everything that happened.
"Tony pinched him into the frontstretch wall, a racing thing," Graves said. "The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.
"I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards."
“What happened was the back end kicked out and clipped the guy and the guy flew across the track.”
Right now from Mike Stanton of I Kick a Touchdown Racing (11:34pm): Unconfirmed reports of Tony Stewart in a Sprint Car altercation with Kevin Ward Jr where Stewart ran him over under caution. We will keep you updated through the night as confirmed reports come out. ~Mike
This was a fan at the race:
Another post, from Twitter user @DaleEarnhardSr, who had a friend at the track. Pardon the language.
@IamMufasa on Twitter's account.
Witnessed Tony Stewart accident, what's I'm seeing on Twitter is naturally way out of control and not entirely accurate!
There are a lot of rumors spread about this. I will keep you updated.
Don't hold me or my employer to any of this information. The number one right now is prayers, I'm a dirt tracker, and we stick together.
Here is the report from Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer.
The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park involving NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart which occurred on Saturday evening.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. ET, a spokesman for the department said it had no comment at this time but said a news release would be prepared and available in "two to three hours."
Posts on the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, including photographs, indicate Stewart was involved in an on-track incident with driver Kevin Ward, which left Ward on the track receiving treatment for what were described as serious injuries.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park is a half-mile dirt track north of Syracuse. In recent weeks, Stewart has returned to dirt track racing after a breaking two bones in his right leg in a wreck at a dirt track in Iowa last summer.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from Stewart's NASCAR public relations representative.
Read more here: http://thatsracinluckydog.blogspot.comFrom @zeven13: More reports- sheriff cars were surrounding Smoke's trailer. Crime scene tape in place at accident. Life flight for Kevin Ward cancelled.
Unconfirmed rumor from @danielfarish: Buddy of mine in PA knows photogs and media people in NY, all confirming Kevin Ward has passed away. Tony Stewart lit the tires and hit him.
Anonymous commenter on my page: I was at the race in turn one. The guy left his car with out his helmet and ran down the track at him. I highly doubt that Tony Stewart would intentionally run over a local in a small town race.