CANANDAIGUA, NY (WGR 550) -- NASCAR took it’s festivities to Western New York this weekend, but the action at Watkins Glen will be overshadowed with tragedy.
Tony Stewart hit and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt-track race at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night.
According to the the Ontario County Sheriff's Department, Ward's car lost control and hit the wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race During the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint.
According to authorities, the driver of the wrecked car then exited his vehicle and walked on the track, where he was hit by Stewart's car. The 20-year old driver was taken to a hospital and later died.
"Stewart has fully cooperated with investigation," said Sheriff Philip C. Povero . "He acknowledges the collision with the driver."
Stewart's spokesman commented on the accident and said they are trying to sort out the details.
"A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating," Mike Arning said. "Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
It was originally reported that Stewart was going to compete in today's Cheez it 355, but now it is confirmed that Stewart will not race at Watkins Glen.