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Community talks about fatal race

Rochester, N.Y. - It was what people were talking about on social media, including Twitter and Facebook and on popular local morning radio shows.

People wonder if the fatal crash at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park was an accident or something more.

On Facebook, one person posted: why isnt Tony Stewart in the Ontario County Jail? Questioning why the driver who hit Kevin Ward isnt facing charges.

Another person seemed to shift the blame to Ward, posting: you should never get out of the car on an active race track.

On morning radio programs, it was also the topic of conversation. WHAM 1180 Radio Host Bob Lonsberry read an emotional statement from the owners of the racetrack where Kevin Ward was killed. He then invited listeners to weigh in on the topic.

Many defended Stewart, saying he didnt intentionally hit Ward. Others questioned why Steward hit the gas and revved his engine.

Lonsberry called it a tragic accident.

Down the dial at 95.1 The Brew, Brother Wease talked about the fatal crash during his morning radio show Monday. He heard from other drivers who defended Stewart, saying he wouldnt intentionally kill Ward and also saying that he wasnt paid to race at the dirt track, but did so because he loved the sport.

Wease said while many people sided with Stewart, there were also several who texted the station, saying that he should be facing murder charges.

He also took a call from a friend of Kevin Wards, who saw him just before that race. The friend said the two had made plans, and now hes gone.

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