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Tony Stewart: No Criminal Charges for Death of Kevin Ward Jr.

Tony Stewart: No Criminal Charges for Death of Kevin Ward Jr.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not be facing criminal charges in the death of Sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr.

“At this moment there are no facts or evidence that would support a criminal charge or criminal intent,” Sheriff Phillip C. Povero said in a news conference on Sunday afternoon (August 10).

“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash, and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero added. “When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: There are no criminal charges pending at this time.”

Here is the statement that Tony released following the tragedy: “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 Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

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  • Jimmy Pittman

    It must be nice to have money, seeing that you can get away with MURDER!

  • Money talks

    Ridiculous. We all know Ward shouldn’t have left his car (Stewart has actually done the same thing before), but Stewart sped up and swerved at the last minute. All you Stewart/NASCAR morons need to get an education. All the other cars missed him, and Stewart could have too, if he wanted to.

  • Dieter

    WHAT ARE YOU IDIOTS TALKING: He tried to evade, but the drug influences, suicidental kid ran right into his CAR !!!!

  • babygirl

    Everyone knows that you stay in your car after a NASCAR crash, unless the car is on fire. The emergency folks come and get you out safely. Ward instead decided to get out. That was a stupid choice, but it was his choice. It’s too bad that he got killed because of it. With people racing where he was walking, it was bound to happen sometime. NASCAR should severely punish anyone who gets out of their car during a race (unless the car is on fire) so that doesn’t happen again.

  • Alexis

    Dieter, were you there to see it? Every info we have seem to confirm that he started going really fast when he realized Ward was out of his car. It was during a yellow flag too so no excuses. Ward apparently flew for a few meters so yeah, it was intentional. It could’ve been because of a crash implying both of them earlier during the race. In Stewart’s statement, he doesn’t even seem to feel sorry and to realize it’s his fault… What a piece of trash…

  • Who Knows?

    I watched the vid and though can’t pretend to know what happened, the guy who died got out of his car and started crossing the entire race track. What a nutter. It’s very sad what happened but the victim (if not the guy who ran him over as well) let his anger get the better of him.

  • Take your meds

    @Who Knows?: well u r a brangeloon,..ya nutter

  • sandy

    Man, people can be cruel. No real sadness expressed in any of these comments: just blame and judgement. For those of you so intent on vilifying Stewart, ask yourselves why he would be compelled to kill Ward: Does anyone know of a motive? (“Winning the race” is a foolish answer, so think before you comment.) Maybe try this instead: Say a prayer or give a good thought in Ward’s name, to his family, and also to Stewart. The whole thing is a tragedy…

  • conservancy@MHR

    … it’s okay running down pedestrians, just so long are you’re in organized motor sport. The only place human beings are impervious from financial responsibility and common law, in organized motorsport you are free to help yourself, nurfing a fellow competitor to his death for your amusement and merriment, and if need be, next lap around, back over him and finish the job — asj.