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Grand Jury to Rule on Tony Stewart’s Fatal Track Accident

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/17/2014 Erick Ayapana

The tragic case involving race car driver Tony Stewart and the fatal track incident that killed fellow competitor Kevin Ward Jr. last month will be heard by a grand jury. District Attorney Michael Tantillo, who presides over Ontario County in New York, received the case earlier this month, but recently announced that a grand jury should decide if Stewart should face criminal charges.


Stewart participated in the sprint car race at Canadaigua Motorsports Park in New York on August 9, but the event came to a tragic end when his car came into contact with driver Ward during a confrontation. Ward, 20, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Law officials and race experts have since launched multiple investigations and those findings will likely surface during the hearings with the Ontario County grand jury. Details about the case including possible witnesses and evidence have yet to be announced.

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Stewart, who has won multiple NASCAR championships, initially withdrew from the racing circuit, but has since returned. Additionally, the incident has not affected relationships between Stewart and his sponsors including Mobil 1, which stated that it will continue to monitor the case.

"We are aware of the completed investigation and the announced next steps," NASCAR chief communications officer Brett Jewkes said in a statement. "First, our thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by this tragedy. We will monitor this process and stay in close contact with Stewart-Haas Racing. It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment on this case so we will continue to respect the process and authorities involved."

Source: USA Today, NASCAR


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