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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.”

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