Kevin Ward’s mother says Tony Stewart’s actions ‘killed my son’

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>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.