So apparently a race car driver named Tony Stewart killed another driver who was out of his car and on the track during a yellow flag:
Ward and Stewart had bumped cars during an earlier lap, sending Ward’s racecar into an outside wall and prompting a caution flag. Ward then exited his racecar and approached on foot as Stewart’s racecar came around again. As Ward stood on the track and pointed at Stewart, Stewart’s racecar sounded as if it revved its engine then fishtailed, the right tire hitting Ward and dragging him under the car.
According to another driver on the track, Stewart clearly spun his wheels intentionally to intimidate the other driver:
A witness to the crash, the sprint car driver Tyler Graves, told The Sporting News that Stewart’s action led to the fatality.
“I know Tony could see him,” Graves said. “I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two, and then it threw him about 50 yards.”
Anybody know enough about car racing to opine on the likelihood of the intentional versus accidental scenarios? As far as I can tell, BTW, the question of intent isn’t “to kill”, but “to intimidate by spinning out the wheels”. I guess if the latter intent is proven, then as a legal matter he Stewart committed at minimum negligent homicide, probably reckless, and maybe even depraved indifference, depending on the exact facts that can be proven.
UPDATE: So I’ve been doing some more reading about this, and the consensus seems to be that (1) Stewart likely didn’t see the other driver until the very last possible moment, because there were two other cars directly in front of his who swerved at the last minute to avoid him, and (2) Stewart likely hit the gas and spun his wheels as he approached the other driver in a last-ditch attempt to avoid him, not intimidate him, as sprint races are on intentionally slippery dirt tracks and the way you steer is by throttling and spinning the wheels.