Tony Stewart helps grieving family with donation

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)
Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is in Iowa this week. A random encounter in a parking lot Tuesday night led to a donation from Stewart to a family grieving after the loss of three brothers, all under the age of 16, in a traffic crash.

Last Thursday the Iowa State Patrol said a truck collided with a car being driven by 16-year-old Jamie Singletary. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch and Singletary, along his brothers, 13-year-old Carson and 10-year-old Christian, died. Friends of the family started fund raising efforts to help the family pay for funeral costs and other expenses.

Stewart is in Knoxville this week for the sprint car Knoxville Nationals. The NASCAR driver owns several entries but is not racing himself. Stewart has not raced in a sprint car since last year when an incident at a local short track in New York claimed the life of another driver. That family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a New York court last week in difference to the fact that after an investigation law enforcement found no reason to file any charges against Stewart in what was determined to be an accident. MORE>>>

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