Tony Stewart investigation complete; District Attorney to decide late next week

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

Tony Stewart (Getty Images)

The Ontario County New York Sheriff’s office has completed its investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandiagua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9.  In a statement released Thursday, Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero, said the results have been submitted to District Attorney who will make a decision as to whether formal charges will be brought against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. That decision is expected late next week according to the statement. Part of the evidence submitted to the DA is forensic video enhancement recently received from the New York State Police Laboratory in Albany.

Stewart was involved in the incident on the dirt track in upstate New York on the Saturday night prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.  In the aftermath 20-year-old Ward Jr. was dead. Video showed that Ward had been involved with Stewart on the previous lap. The video showed Ward’s car as it came to rest on the back stretch. Ward exited the vehicle, and still wearing his racing helmet walked toward the line of cars circling under caution. He angrily pointed towards the car driven by Stewart; Stewart’s car struck Ward who was thrown in the air and landed several feet away. Ward was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. MORE>>>

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