Stewart is not indicted by a grand jury on criminal charges in the death of Sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Toxicology evidence shows that Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident. Stewart may still face a civil suit from Ward’s family. Stewart’s statement:
While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Ward family statement:
Our son got out of his car during caution while the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Tony Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing this tragedy. This matter is not at rest.
Stewart’s case will be presented to a grand jury in the near future according to Michael Tamillo, the Ontario County District Attorney. The decision comes after the Ontario County Office of Sheriff concluded its investigation last week into the accident that killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart may be called to testify. Steweart:
I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the sheriff’s office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.
Ontario County Sheriff’s office investigation is complete regarding the incident where Stewart’s car struck Kevin Ward Jr. The District Attorney’s office will announce the result next week. Stewart could possibly be charged with second-degree manslaughter, depending upon the findings.
The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation.