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.

Sports Team


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Scores & Schedules

November 27, 2015 08:11 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds


Thursday's Games

Detroit 45, Philadelphia 14

Carolina 33, Dallas 14

Chicago 17, Green Bay 13

Sunday's Games

New Orleans at Houston, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Oakland at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Washington, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

New England at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m.


Thursday's Games

( 3) Michigan St. 99, Boston College 68

( 8) Villanova 59, Stanford 45

(25) Texas A&M 62, (10) Gonzaga 61

(11) Arizona 75, Santa Clara 73

San Diego St. 72 , (14) California 58

Monmouth (NJ) 70, (17) Notre Dame 68

Syracuse 79, (18) UConn 76

Southern Cal 72, (20) Wichita St. 69

(23) Xavier 64, Alabama 45

Friday's Games

( 1) Kentucky vs. South Florida at American Airlines Arena, Miami, 5 p.m.

( 3) Michigan State vs. Boise State at Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif., 5 p.m.

( 4) Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech at The Arena, Niceville, Fla., 6 or 8:30 p.m.

( 8) Villanova vs. Georgia Tech at the Barclays Center, 3 p.m.

(10) Gonzaga vs. UConn in Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, TBA

(11) Arizona vs. Providence at Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif., 11:30 p.m.

(14) California vs. Richmond at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 5 p.m. or Mid

(15) Miami vs. Northeastern, 4 p.m.

(17) Notre Dame vs. Iowa at HP Field House, Orlando, Fla., 7 p.m.

(20) Wichita State vs. Alabama at HP Field House, Orlando, Fla., Noon

(23) Xavier vs. Southern Cal at HP Field House, Orlando, Fla., 2:30 p.m.

(24) Cincinnati vs. Nebraska at the Barclays Center, 6:30 p.m.

(25) Texas A&M vs. Syracuse in Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas, TBA


Thursday's Games

( 5) Baylor 72, Cincinnati 34

( 6) Maryland 95, Old Dominion 49

(15) Duke 74, Idaho 68

(19) Northwestern 74, E. Washington 70

(21) Oklahoma 70, Utah 55

(24) George Washington 82, Houston 78

(25) Iowa 83, Wright St. 77

Friday's Games

( 2) South Carolina vs. (16) Arizona State at the Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, 7:30 p.m.

( 3) Notre Dame vs. Denver at St. Georges HS, Freeport, Bahamas, 3:15 p.m.

( 4) Tennesee vs. Albany (N.Y.), Noon

( 6) Maryland vs. South Dakota State at UVI Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 5:45 p.m.

( 7) Oregon State vs. Hofstra at Mario Quijote Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, 12:15 p.m.

( 8) Mississippi State vs. Norfolk State, 7 p.m.

(10) Texas A&M vs. (16) California at South Point Arena, Las Vegas, 3 p.m.

(11) Ohio State vs. Liberty at South Point Arena, Las Vegas, 5:15 p.m.

(13) Stanford vs. Missouri State at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 1:30 p.m.

(14) Florida State at LIU Brooklyn, 2 p.m.

(15) Duke vs. Iowa State at The Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico, 1:30 p.m.

(19) Northwestern vs. Creighton at Cedar Park (Texas) Center, 8:30 p.m.

(20) Michigan State vs. Cincinnati at St. Georges HS, Freeport, Bahamas, 5:45 p.m.

(22) Louisville vs. Marist at Germain Arena, Estero, Fla., 5 p.m.

(23) Syracuse vs. Washington at South Point Arena, Las Vegas, 9:45 p.m.

(24) George Washington vs. (25) Iowa at Cedar Park (Texas) Center, 2:30 p.m.



No games scheduled

Friday's Games

( 3) Iowa at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m.

( 7) Baylor at (15) TCU, 7:30 p.m.

(16) Navy at (21) Houston, Noon

(18) Oregon vs. Oregon State, 4 p.m.

(20) Washington St. at Washington, 3:30 p.m.

(24) Toledo vs. Western Michigan, Noon



No games scheduled

Friday's Games

Milwaukee at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Washington at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Indiana, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m.

Golden State at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.



No games scheduled

Friday's Games

N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.

Nashville at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Minnesota, 4 p.m.

Chicago at Anaheim, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Washington, 5 p.m.

Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Montreal at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

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

Vancouver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Arizona, 9 p.m.