Sheriff: No charges against Stewart in race car driver's death

Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
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WARNING: Video is graphic

 

 

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A full investigation is now underway in upstate New York, after three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hits and kills another driver following an on-track accident.

Newschannel 3's Andy Pepper is live in the newsroom with the very latest.

Stewart sat Sunday's Cup race at Watkins Glen, after hitting and killing a sprint driver during a race Saturday night at an upstate New York dirt track.

We want to warn you that the video you're about to see is obviously graphic in nature.

As you can see in this YouTube video, the accident occurs on lap 14 of the race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Twenty-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. spins into the wall after contact from Stewart.

Ward, wearing black, climbs out of the car and walks back down the track in what appears to be an attempt to confront Stewart.

The lead car swerves to avoid Ward, but Stewart -- directly behind -- hits Ward, who was driven a reported 50 feet up the track.

We have chosen not to show you that portion of the video.

Ward was pronounced dead later that night at a Canandaigua hospital.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero says, "I'm going to make it very clear, as we speak at this time, there is no evidence in hand or no facts that would support a criminal charge or report criminal intent on the part of anyone."

Again, at this time, there are no charges pending against Stewart.

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December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 103, New York 97

New Orleans 99, Houston 90

Milwaukee 108, Sacramento 107

Golden State 114, Oklahoma City 109

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Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1, SO

Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0, OT

Carolina 4, Toronto 1

Washington 5, Columbus 4, OT

Anaheim 2, Montreal 1

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

San Jose 4, Edmonton 3

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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