Cup Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.

Published on September 16th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Stewart’s Case Turned Over To Grand Jury

The Ontario County Office of the Sheriff has completed its investigation of the incident that took the life of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr, which occurred at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.

The results of that investigation were turned over to the Office of the Ontario County District for review. The review appears to be completed, and Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo issued the following statement:

Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.

The grand jury will investigate and determine whether criminal charges should be brought against Tony Stewart.

Stewart issued the following statement:

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.

NASCAR also issued a statement in response to the news:

We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps. First, our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy. We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we will continue to respect the process and authorities involved.

Stewart will still race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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