Closings and delays

An open letter from the aunt of Kevin Ward Jr., young man killed in Tony Stewart tragedy

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Kevin Ward Jr.

USA TODAY published an open letter from Wendi Ward on Sunday, the aunt of Kevin Ward Jr., who was tragically killed after being hit by a racecar driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

Stewart has been cleared of criminal charges by the Ontario County grand jury.

Stewart, a three-time NASCAR top series champion, was driving a dirt-track car when the right rear tire hit Kevin Ward, Jr., who was walking on the track as cars slowly circled during a break in an Empire Super Sprints series race Aug. 9 in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Ward, 20, died of massive blunt trauma before paramedics could get him to a hospital.

A portion of Wendi Ward’s letter is as follows:

“First and most importantly, I want to say that no matter what people think or say, our family does not need others to determine what we feel or know about Kevin Ward Jr.

He is our blood, our friend, our champion. Always has been and always will be. What I want people to understand are the questions.”

Read full letter: USA TODAY