Canandaigua, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – NASCAR motorist Tony Stewart will not face charges for his purpose in a genocide of Kevin Ward Jr. during an collision in a Aug. 9 scurry automobile foe during a mud lane in Upstate New York.
A grand jury in Ontario County, New York began a concern on Tuesday and afterwards suggested a commentary on a following day. The Ontario County District Attorney’s Office announced on Sept. 16 that a grand jury would establish if charges should be filed opposite Stewart for his impasse in a deadly accident.
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo pronounced during a press discussion on Wednesday that approximately dual dozen people testified before a grand jury. These enclosed a array of foe automobile drivers, racetrack employees and volunteers, dual collision reconstructionists, medical crew and a array of military officers.
Tantillo remarkable a grand jury reviewed a array of photographs and video recordings as good as other documentary evidence.
“After listening to and doubt all of a witnesses and reviewing all of a evidence, a grand jury has dynamic that there is no basement to assign Tony Stewart with any crimes. His box was therefore ‘No-Billed’ by a grand jury,” Tantillo pronounced in his opening statement.
Tantillo also pronounced a toxicology news indicated that Ward was underneath a change of pot during a time he was competing in a race. There was no toxicology work achieved on Stewart.
“A approved drug approval consultant had interviewed (Stewart) on a night of a collision and dynamic that he found no basement to observe any ethanol expenditure or spoil by drugs,” Tantillo said.
Stewart, a three-time champion in NASCAR’s premier series, struck and killed 20-year-old Ward during Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The occurrence occurred during a counsel when Ward climbed out of his automobile and afterwards walked down a mud track, indicating his finger in a instruction of Stewart and apparently yelling during him to denote his displeasure. The right back of Stewart’s automobile strike Ward and dragged him quickly opposite a track.
The counsel came when Stewart and Ward done hit while battling for position, with Ward spinning out and attack a wall.
Ward died from large blunt trauma.
Following a proclamation of a grand jury’s decision, Stewart expelled a statement, saying, “This has been a toughest and many romantic knowledge of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I’m really beholden for all a support I’ve perceived and continue to receive.
“I honour all a District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office did to entirely examine this comfortless accident. While a routine was prolonged and emotionally difficult, it authorised for all a contribution of a collision to be identified and known.
“While most of a courtesy has been on me, it’s critical to remember a immature male mislaid his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
NASCAR also released a matter on a decision.
“There are no winners in tragedy,” NASCAR arch communications officer Brett Jewkes pronounced in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers sojourn with a Kevin Ward Jr. family and Tony Stewart as they all cope with this comfortless occurrence during Canandaigua Motorsports Park. This has been a formidable time for everybody involved, and we have reputable a internal authorities obliged for reviewing this case.”
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department conducted a month-long review of a occurrence before handing a commentary over to a district profession on Sept 11. Among a justification handed over to a district profession were dual videos of a collision — one that was seen by a open and a other being a racetrack’s possess video.
“The videos indeed did not denote any aberrational pushing by Tony Stewart until a indicate of impact with Kevin Ward, during that indicate his car veered to a right adult a track, as a outcome of a collision,” Tantillo said. “Prior to that, his march was flattering straight.”
Stewart missed 3 Sprint Cup Series races — Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol — while he was in privacy following a occurrence during Canandaigua. He returned to foe a final weekend in Aug during Atlanta. Stewart did not validate for a Chase for a Sprint Cup championship. The array will be during Dover this weekend for a third foe in a Chase.