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Tony Stewart involved in fatal racetrack crash

Canandaigua, N.Y. - The driver hit by NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart in Canandaigua Saturday night has died, according to Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero.

Ontario County Sheriffs identify the victim as Kevin Ward, Jr., 20, of Port Leyden.

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The crash, which took place around 10:30pm Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, forced officials to suspend the evening's races.

Stewart, who has long been known for having issues regarding his temper, hit Ward, who had gotten out of his car, walked onto the track, and "gestured" toward oncoming cars.

A video of the crash shows Ward before being hit and hurtled nearly 50 feet. 

The driver, Kevin Ward, Jr., was dead on arrival to FF Thompson Hospital. Sheriff Povero said his parents were in the crowd watching Saturday night when the crash occurred.

Stewart, now in Watkins Glen, has been cooperating with authorities and was "shaken up," according to Povero.

The DA has been notified of the incident; no charges have been filed at this point.

13WHAM News has a crew at the scene and will have team coverage Sunday at 6 and 11pm.

 
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