A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Stewart said he could not answer questions about the incident — it remains under police investigation — and he left the news conference after reading a short statement.
The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park asked fans to wear Kevin Ward Jr.’s team color on Saturday night, one week after the driver was killed during a race.
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NASCAR has added a new rule telling drivers to not approach the track or moving vehicles after accidents. The rule comes less than a week after a driver was struck and killed during a dirt-track race at a small New York track.
Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, New York.
Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a “small-town boy” who loved his sport during Thursday’s funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
“Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Kevin Ward Sr. said.
“The question over whether someone was reckless is a factual one, and one a prosecutor might let a jury decide,” according to criminal law professor Corey Rayburn Yung.
Family and friends will say their final goodbyes this week to the race-car driver who was fatally struck by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
Authorities questioned Tony Stewart on Saturday night again Sunday. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Monday there were no plans “at this time” to talk to him again.
“(Kevin Ward Jr.) put himself in harm’s way,” well-known criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina said Monday. “Unfortunately, it’s his fault that he’s dead. I’ll say it.”
Investigators were looking into everything from the dim lighting on a portion of the track to how muddy it was, as well as if Kevin Ward’s dark firesuit played a role in his death.
Boomer and Craig opened things up this Monday morning on a somber note, discussing the events that took place in Saturday night, when Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow driver.