NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a horrific accident Saturday at the Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. While we may never know what really happened between the two during the sprint car race, many Twitter users have voiced their opinions, including accusing Stewart of murder, as well as questioning Ward Jr.'s actions.
During the Empire Super Sprints race, Stewart sent Ward's car into the wall and Ward then jumped out to confront Stewart with the yellow, or caution, flag raised for all other drivers. Ward walked to the middle of the track and pointed towards Stewart’s car and was run over, dragged and then flung a great distance.
The Ontario County Sheriff Dept. reportedly stated that Ward Jr., 20, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. No charges have been filed against Stewart, 43, and while he originally intended to race in NASCAR's Watkins Glen competition Sunday, he later pulled out.
Once the tragedy began to trend on Twitter, users offered their opinions as to who was to blame. Many pointed to Stewart, but others called out Ward Jr.
Regarding the Tony Stewart incident last night...There are so many opinions but I just feel bad for everyone involved in the incident
— Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) August 10, 2014
Kevin Ward knew he could've caused a wreck and killed drivers. I'm not a Tony Stewart fan but its not his fault Kevin walked onto the track
— Jonathan Drummonds (@JSDrummonds) August 10, 2014
if the accident was intentional, @TonyStewart would be behind bars. it's NOT intentional, it's JUST an accident. people PLEASE STOP the hate
— SÅrah Cali (@lakerangel14) August 10, 2014
If nothing happens to Tony Stewart this country is a joke. He intentionally killed that guy. No doubt about it. http://t.co/0myDXD2loE
— Lord Sutton (@EvanSutton2) August 10, 2014
The thing that frustrates me is that many are passing judgement without knowing what Tony Stewart is going through.
— Adam Fenwick (@Adam_Fenwick) August 10, 2014
90% of everyone tweeting about Tony Stewart hast probably watched less than five races in their life
— Conner Kominek (@berry_strawb113) August 10, 2014
— AJ Delgado (@missADelgado) August 10, 2014
Tony Stewart defenders are gonna have to explain why it just so happened to be him that hit Kevin out of all the other cars
— J Dan (@NFLGoodwitch) August 10, 2014
It appears that Tony Stewart has already been tried, convicted and sentenced by the drive-by mainstream media. Please let facts play out.
— George Phillips (@Oilpressureblog) August 10, 2014
Before Stewart opted out of Sunday's race, many also questioned why NASCAR would even let him race.
Tony Stewart can race today bc he only killed someone... If he had said something inappropriate his career would be over.
— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) August 10, 2014
It's a bad idea for Tony Stewart to drive today...regardless of what the investigation turns up.
— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) August 10, 2014
There’s no way Tony Stewart should be behind the wheel today. NASCAR has to step in. Period.
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) August 10, 2014
If Tony Stewart races today, that's the biggest embarrassment in the history of sports.
— Aaron McFarling (@aaronmcfarling) August 10, 2014