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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