By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tony Stewart can finally speak and answer questions about the Kevin Ward incident last month. The silent NASCAR driver will not be charged in the Ward crash that ultimately caused his death.
Stewart will now be able to continue his NASCAR career, while trying to rebuild his reputation with sponsors in the sport that he loves. The former NASCAR champion was driving in a sprint car race the night before Watkins Glen International when the incident in question happened.
At Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Stewart hit Ward into the wall, frustrating Ward to even get out of his car on a “hot” track. The investigation shows that Ward, 20, walked ¾’s down the track, before being hit by Stewart.
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“This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life,” the Stewart statement said. “And it will stay with me forever. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive. I respect everything the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office did to thoroughly investigate this tragic accident. While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known.
“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.”
The hit caused Ward’s head to hit Stewart’s tire and threw the young driver several yards, before emergency personnel were able to come to tend to him. However, Ward was dead a short time later.
Kevin Ward Sr. has said that Stewart should be charged with murder in the local newspaper days after his son was laid to rest. Stewart, who missed several weeks after the incident, reportedly wants to talk to the Ward family in due time – if it ever happens.
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He returned to the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day weekend three weeks later. The grand jury reportedly took just one hour to determine Stewart’s fate today.
Normally, when the investigation goes to grand jury, the case usually takes about three months. This case was originally presented to the grand jury on September 11th.
The grand jury was reportedly looking at manslaughter in the second degree, or criminally negligent homicide. Through the investigation, it was determined that Ward Jr. had a high level of marijuana in his system, which caused him impairment at the time.
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Stewart, who could face a civil suit from the Ward family, may get off free there too, as lawyers will have a hard time taking the case with Ward Jr. impaired.
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