The parents of Kevin Ward Jr. are speaking out for the first time since their son was killed last August. The 20 year-old Ward was involved in an on-track incident at Canandiagua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on August 9, 2014 in involving NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. His parents, Pamela and Kevin Ward Sr. spoke with ABC News this week and Friday the interview was broadcast on Good Morning America.
The incident occurred during a sprint car race. Video showed that Ward had been involved with Stewart on the previous lap. The video showed Ward’s car as it came to rest on the back stretch. Ward exited the vehicle, and still wearing his racing helmet walked toward the line of cars circling under caution. He angrily pointed towards the car driven by Stewart; Stewart’s car struck Ward who was thrown in the air and landed several feet away. Ward was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
In September of last year the Ontario County District Attorney’s office took the evidence in Stewart’s case to a grand jury, which found there was no basis for criminal charges. Toxicology reports revealed that Ward was under the influence of marijuana at a high enough level to impair judgment.MORE>>>