Ward Left His Car
Tony Stewart Was Behind another Car That Was Able to Avoid Ward
Ward Was Wearing Black
Kevin Ward Jr. was wearing a black race suit. From the video (above) it looks like it would be hard for another driver to see Ward, especially if a driver's view of Ward was blocked. It was night time and the black suit was not easy to see.
I'm not a professional race car driver so I don't know for sure but my guess is that it would be hard to see another racer on the track if that racer was wearing a black race suit, it was dark that night and I was behind another car.
Obviously professional race car drivers have better reaction time than I do and are trained to react in a second or less at high speeds to avoid possible danger. I'm sure when the danger isn't greatly visible the reaction to dangerous situations is much more difficult.
Track Was Poorly Lit (It was Night Time)
It is being reported that the track was poorly lit on Saturday night. You can see that in the video. I had a hard time seeing what exactly happened. I can't see how you can prove negligence or intent in the video that I saw. Maybe in the coming days new video will surface that will provide us with more facts about what happened. Until that happens I can only go by what I saw in the video above.
I think that it's obvious that the lighting on the track was poor. Hopefully track officials around the country will work to provide better lighting for night races. Everything needs to be done to prevent this type of accident from occurring again.
Stewart Has Entered the Track Before (So What?)
With all the facts that I saw in the video (Ward leaving car, track being poorly lit, Stewart behind another car, etc.), I can't conclude that this was anything but an accident. It doesn't look like this was an intentional or even a negligent act on the part of Stewart but I don't know.
There aren't enough facts for me to ascertain that Steward acted in an inappropriate manner. What I do know is that this incident is a tragedy. A young man, with a promising career is gone. That's terrible and extremely unfortunate.