Leta not forget drag racing which is explosion propelling a vehicle top 300+ mph in four seconds. ALL racing is dangerous and some down right stupid. But it is loved world wide so get over it.
A stopped/wrecked car on a short track brings out a full course yellow flag.
The protocol for drivers still in race is to SAFELY slow down, no passing or racing allowed at that point, move down track (in this case), and provide room for crews to safely remove wreck.
It's possible ambulance, tow truck, and/or push vehicle would need to gain access to wreck.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
I read it.
You said that because of the yellow flag Stewart had enough control to avoid the kid.
Google Tom Pryce.
He was a F1 driver who lost his life when a he hit a Track Marshal who had raced out onto the track under a yellow flag condition.
Or you could just watch the video of Stewart hitting the kid.
I've got to tell you, I've watched the youtube video now (I hadn't before). One thing that catches me is that you hear an engine revving just before Stewart hit him. Not sure if the two things are connected, but he was not travelling fast at the time of the crash. He didn't seem to lose control of the car, and other drivers were able to avoid hitting the other driver before Stewart was apparently unable to.
That is strange. I wonder if he was trying to pass close to him and misjudged? In which case...definitely culpable even if he didn't intend to hit him.
This slow motion video supposedly shows that Stewart was on the brakes when he made contact with Ward. The quality is too low for me to tell on my monitor.