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Sheriff: Stewart crash investigation to continue “for at least another 2 weeks”

Aug 29, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department has announced that the ongoing investigation into the fatal sprint car crash on Aug. 9 that involved Tony Stewart and killed Kevin Ward Jr. will continue “for at least another two weeks.”

Sheriff Philip C. Povero released the following statement less than an hour ago:

The investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward Jr., which occurred August 9, 2014, at the Canandaigua, New York Motorsports Park will continue for at least another two weeks. The Ontario County Office of Sheriff has reviewed this investigation, as it has been developed to date, with members of the District Attorney’s Office. The Office of Sheriff will continue to apprise the District Attorney of information as it is developed. When the investigation is completed, the news media will be advised as to what action will be taken. The Ontario County Office of Sheriff thanks all media outlets for their patience and understanding as we continue to thoroughly investigate this tragic crash.

Philip C. Povero, Sheriff

Ontario County, New York

Povero last addressed the media about the investigation on Aug. 12, saying that it would “continue for at least another two weeks or more” as investigators sought to “seek witnesses, gather evidence, and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction.”

As the investigation has progressed, Povero has maintained that no evidence has emerged to suggest criminal intent from any party involved in the Aug. 9 tragedy.

Ward Jr., 20, was struck and killed by Stewart’s car after he walked down the racing surface to confront him following an on-track incident between the two. He was laid to rest on Aug. 14, and the site of the crash, Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, has since resumed racing.

Stewart will make his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has addressed the media at AMS this afternoon; reading from a prepared statement, he acknowledged the tragedy as “a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.”

  1. astrongus - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Apparently, racing is a priority for Tony Stewart, while a family grieves and an investigation continues……It sure brings a new meaning to “Let’s go Racing!”…………

  2. jxegh - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Well, there you have it. This is much more that just a stupid kid making a dumb decision. No way Tony intentionally runs over that poor kid, but could he have avoided it? Just too many questions that not even the experts can clear this up. I don’t think this will happen, but what if they do find Tony has some culpability in the tragedy?

    • jrbdmb - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Glad to see one reasonable person on here. Of course Tony didn’t run him over on purpose – but was he negligent, could he have some something differently, and if so is it more than a “racing deal” and something criminal? That’s what I’m hoping they find out.

  3. dalejunebugfan - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Investigation into Tony Stewart culpability in killing death of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. continues and Stewart is out on the race track business as usual?

    So thankful it is Ontario County, NY District Attorney and Grand Jury investigating Stewart for 2nd Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Felony Negligent Homicide instead of some corrupt southern cops who would white-wash the criminality

    Thoughts and prayers to The Ward Family for having to wait to see Kevin Ward Jr. death avenged!

    • moezilla - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Avenged? Sounds interesting. I say we all get together, ala’ mob style, and lynch him from the nearest flagman’s stand. Are you in?

    • revelation85 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Proverbs 10:14

      14 A wise man holds his tongue. Only a fool blurts out everything he knows; that only leads to sorrow and trouble.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      I think you can only avenge a life if it’s taken not if it’s lost.

    • jrbdmb - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      I’ll agree with the “Thoughts and prayers to The Ward Family” part. That’s about it.

  4. charger383 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Ward’s family should have explained to him if you go after a heavy moving object with your body you will lose

  5. techmeister1 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    As usual the haters are quick to judge and prosecute yet the experts have repeatedly stated that no evidence has occurred to suggest criminal intent.

    Quote: ” As the investigation has progressed, Povero has maintained that no evidence has emerged to suggest criminal intent from any party involved in the Aug. 9 tragedy.” end quote

    Naturally if they conclude after a thorough investigation that Stewart is not culpable, the haters will continue to blame an innocent man for something he did not do. You can bet if Kevin was killed by some local racer under the exact same circumstances all of the Stewart haters would be silent but when they have an opportunity to hate, they come out like rats to cheese.

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