Sheriff: No evidence of criminal act after Tony Stewart hit, killed driver at dirt track

ONTARIO COUNTY, N.Y. — The Ontario County Sheriff said Monday that an investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr. is ongoing but, as of now, there is no evidence of any criminal activity, according to WSTM.

Sheriff Philip Povero spoke at a news conference Monday afternoon, saying investigators are seeking expert help in reviewing the videos of the crash.

On Saturday night, Ward’s car hit the outside wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race.

A video of the incident shows two cars coming out of a turn with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s No. 14 car sliding up the track toward Ward’s No. 13 car. The two cars get close and appear to make contact before Ward’s car hits the wall and spins out.

Ward gets out of his crashed car, walking on the track toward the race cars, which had slowed for a yellow flag. Ward points a finger and appears to be yelling. One car swerves to avoid Ward on the half-mile dirt track.

Stewart’s car passes close to Ward, and it appears that its right rear tire hits him.

An ambulance took Ward to a hospital, but he died before it arrived.

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