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Report: Ward's father says 'no reason' for crash

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that "there's no reason for" the crash that led to his son's death.

Kevin Ward Jr. was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Stewart's in a dirt-track race on Saturday night in Canandaigua. Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart.

Kevin Ward Sr. tells the newspaper that "Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there's no reason for it."

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When the 20-year-old Ward got out of his damaged car, he walked on the track and appeared to point at Stewart. Other cars drove past him, but Stewart's right-rear tire appeared to hit him and drag him along the track.

"Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn't see him," Ward told the newspaper.

No charges have been filed against Stewart, but they are still possible.

Ward also addressed that in his interview with the newspaper, saying: "The one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison. Is he going to say what he done?"

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daveguin August 13 2014 at 6:57 PM

OK Lets everybody start making baseless accusations. Mr Ward, I'm very sorry for your loss but your son ran out onto a race track. The police have probably already interviewed and there do not appear to be any new stories coming out from them.

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thescot August 13 2014 at 7:22 PM

Maybe your kid should have stayed in his car and not run on the track, he would still be alive today.

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investigatorkch August 13 2014 at 7:19 PM

it's called racing and happens every week.......but most aren't stupid enough to get out of their car and run onto a DARK track

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wnstnrace1 August 13 2014 at 7:16 PM

If you run out on to a dark dirt track, at night, wearing black, into oncoming race traffic, and get hit...at that point, it is 100% your fault. Now, if you stayed in or near your car (like you're supposed to), until a wrecker arrives, and someone drives UP & IN T YOU there, well then, that's a whole different story.

No crime here. No charges will be filed. It'll be closed as a tragic, but avoidable, racing accident.

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sylvin51 August 13 2014 at 7:23 PM

Sorry abut his death, but he would be alive today if he had stayed in his car. No ones fault but his own, don't put the blame on anybody but him.

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joehennes August 13 2014 at 7:24 PM

It is interesting that there are several different articles about this incident and each one of them is slanted one way or the other. I am no expert, but this has been reviewed by lots of experts, and if there are no criminal charges yet I think it unlikely there will be.
Oh, and if I were imprudent enough to walk out on to a track full of racing cars, I would pretty much expect to die.

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Bob joehennes August 14 2014 at 7:41 AM

Maybe they should try running out in the middle of a freeway during rush hour for practice.

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jarvchr August 13 2014 at 7:35 PM

Sorry for your loss Sir, but it's called a racetrack not a crosswalk.

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rockymtnal August 13 2014 at 7:25 PM

Sure, perhaps there was no reason for the crash, but there was also no reason for Kevfin, Jr. to get out of his car and approach other, still-moving cars. Makes almost as much sense as running across an interstate at rush hour.

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mbat830123 rockymtnal August 13 2014 at 10:13 PM

But, do you know people in Austin, Texas keep trying that! No one that I know of has made it.

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You Silver Fox August 13 2014 at 7:26 PM

as close to a case of suicide as I have ever seen-----

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Billy August 13 2014 at 10:07 PM

I seen the video. TS was not responsible for the crash that gat Ward Jr angry. Jr took a high line. TS took a lower line. Cars do drift up in the turn. Ward got off the track and into the wall. He was hot headed and wanted to blame TS. He tried to aproach a moving car. I see TS turn left trying to avoid JR but Jr is caught by the right rear tire. Also if you look at the video you will see when the first car passes Jr he is in the light then walks into a darker area. My gues is TS was looking around to see where the other cars was then when he turn his head bach to Jr it was too late because Jr was already on him.

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darkcloudstonite Billy August 13 2014 at 10:25 PM

" I seen the video "

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