Glenn Beck on Monday reacted to the horrific crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park over the weekend, where three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. with his vehicle. Beck also got some valuable insight from his audience.
Stewart, 43, was “visibly shaken” after the crash, according to the Associated Press, and while the Ontario County sheriff said there is currently no evidence to support criminal intent, criminal charges may still be filed.
“I guess some people are wondering whether or not it was intentional, and if he’s a killer,” Beck summarized. “If you have seen the video, he comes around and he sees him. You can hear him gun the engine.”
But Beck and his co-hosts said they don’t believe Stewart meant to hit Ward, and a number of callers with knowledge of the sport said Stewart may have “goosed the throttle” because the cars are designed to turn left, and doing it would have made the car “lunge” to the left.
“So wait. By gunning it, he would have been trying to swerve out of the way?” Beck asked one caller.
“Yes, sir. That’s what I believe,” Teddy in Tampa responded. “I think Tony gunned it to make the car go left to swerve around him. And that’s why after he hits, you can see the car turn back to the right, like he’s trying to recover.”
Another caller agreed, saying “you must get on the throttle” to get the car to go left quickly, and added that “your peripheral vision is basically zero” in the vehicles.
Yet another caller who said he has been “following races [for] 45 years, actively participating in racing for 16 years,” said the “number one” thing professional drivers are always told is to “stay in your car” after a crash, and if you cannot, to stay with your car.
The man, identified only as “Larry,” said Ward put his own life at risk when he walked onto the track, and while he feels incredible remorse over what happened, Ward was “clearly at fault.”
Beck told the callers he appreciated their input, and said that no matter what, Stewart is going to have to live with the crash for the rest of his life.
“Is anyone willing to stand up and say there’s no way he did that intentionally?” Beck asked his co-hosts.
Both said they do not believe the crash was intentional, but that they could never be certain.
“So now [Stewart] is living where, everybody thinks that he didn’t do that, but ‘I’m not really sure,’” Beck remarked. “You could live your whole life, but still there’s [the], ‘Well, I don’t know.’”
Watch the complete segment, below.
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