Tony Stewart could face criminal charges following the incident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. during last weekend’s Empire Super Sprint series race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward Jr. died after being struck by Stewart’s sprint car.
According to Ontario Country Sheriff Philip Povero, initial findings at the track have turned up nothing that would indicate criminal intent on Stewart’s part. However, legal experts agree that Stewart could be charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law if prosecutors believe he caused the death of Ward Jr. by racing to close the driver, Boston Globe reports.
While the three-time NASCAR champion can’t be charged for the car collision that sent Ward spinning into the wall before running him down, Stewart could be found guilty of manslaughter if the police concludes he saw Ward Jr. on the track and still tried to accelerate past him so closely.
Steward has fully cooperated with the police, Povero said, adding that once the investigation is completed the evidence will be turned over to the district attorney. The Sheriff declined to say how Stewart described the accident.
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