The tragic death where a sprint car racer in New York crashed in an incident with NASCAR driver and longtime spring racer Tony Stewart has left some thinking charges should be filed against the three-time Sprint Car champion.
But Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero says no evidence exists of any criminal intent “by anyone” and no charges are expected.
Stewart’s car struck 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. after Ward left his damaged vehicle and walked into stream of traffic on the race track.
Video of the death show a case of a driver who was not where he should been at the time and that mistake cost him his life.
Stewart, reportedly “very upset” about the accident, cancelled his appearance in the Spring Cup NASCAR race at Watkins Glen on Sunday.
There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at WGI. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.
“Stewart has been interviewed and … has made himself available again if it’s necessary,” Sheriff Povero said.