On Tuesday Sept. 16, the Ontario County, NY District Attorney’s Office released a statement with regards to the Kevin Ward, Jr. / Tony Stewart case, stating it will go to a grand jury.
“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,” Michael Tantillo, Ontario County District Attorney, said. “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.
“As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness’s expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results.”
During a sprint car event on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (Ny.) Motorsports Park, Ward was spun out by Stewart. He then got out of his car to display his displeasure, at which point Stewart’s car would make contact with Ward, sending him sliding across the track. Ward was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Tony Stewart took three weeks off, but returned behind the wheel at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31. This past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, the three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion posted an 18th place finish. Stewart-Haas Racing has confirmed that Stewart will be at New Hampshire this weekend and Stewart released 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.”
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