No charges for Tony Stewart following deadly sprint car accident

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(CNN) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart won’t face charges in connection with the on-track death of sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr., a New York district attorney announced Wednesday.

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR top series champion, was driving a dirt-track car when the right rear tire hit Ward, who was walking on the track as cars slowly circled during a break in an Empire Super Sprints series race August 9 in Canandaigua, New York.

Ward, 20, died of massive blunt trauma before paramedics could get him to a hospital.

The Ontario County District Attorney said a grand jury found no reason to charge Stewart.

“After listening to and questioning all the witnesses and reviewing all of the evidence, the grand jury has decided that there is no evidence to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes.” District Attorney Michael Tantillo told reporters.

The Ontario County grand jury heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses and reviewed photos and videos before making its decision, Tantillo added.

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  • DOW

    He should atleast get manslaughter charges anyone else would have. Everyone seen the boy on the track he had plenty of road to get over away from the boy. Sick of the celebrities getting off when others have to pay.

    • Michaelangelo

      Seems to me that if he wanted to hit him that he would have hit him head on, and not with the rear tire of his car.

      • DOW

        Seems to me to many race car fans only watch racing to see wrecks. Now people are getting ran over seems like a waste of life to me. You must love tony

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