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No criminal charges against Stewart

No criminal charges against Stewart

Three-time NASCAR champion, Tony Stewart, will not face criminals charges after an incident claimed the life of up-and-coming racer, Kevin Ward Jr. last month.

"This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever," Stewart said statement.

"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".

Twenty-year old Ward was killed during a sprint car race at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York State on August 9th, after contact with Stewart send his car into the track side crash barriers. A video clip then shows Ward getting out of his car and walking back onto the track pointing his finger in Stewart’s direction.

The latter’s car is then shown getting sideways before striking Ward and dragging his body for a few moments. He was later declared dead from blunt force trauma.

Stewart immediately withdrew from the following day’s NASCAR race at the nearby Watkins Glen International track and also skipped the next two races at Brooklyn’s Michigan International Speedway on August 17th and at the Bristol Motor Speedway six days later.

Toxically findings carried out on Ward body, later indicated that he had been under the influence of marijuana, which, according to district attorney, Michael Tantillo, was "enough to impair judgment".

Responding to the findings, Ward’s family released a statement saying, "Our son got out of his car during caution while the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car towards him causing this tragedy.

"The focus should be on Mr. Stewart and not our son. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin".


CAPTION: Popular NASCAR driver and former three times champion, Tony Stewart, has been cleared of criminal charges after an incident in a sprint car event last month, claimed the life of 20 year-old driver, Kevin Ward Jr. IMAGE sourced from autoblog.com