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Port Leyden man killed in race accident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Kevin Ward Jr. of Port Leyden was killed following an accident during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
A video of the crash showed Ward stepping toward NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's car before being hit and hurtled 50 feet. It appeared the 20-year old Ward was trying to confront Stewart when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 11:15pm on Saturday.
A spokesman for Tony Stewart calls the death of a fellow driver he struck and killed at the upstate New York dirt track a "tragic accident."
In a statement released Sunday morning, a representative for Stewart says, "our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends." The statement says Stewart's team is still trying to sort through the details of the accident.
Stewart is scheduled to race later Sunday in NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.
Authorities have interviewed Stewart regarding the accident and are not charging him with anything at this point. The investigation is ongoing.