On Tuesday, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said the investigation into the dirt-track accident that killed Kevin Ward will continue for at least another two weeks.
There are no criminal charges that are imminent against Stewart. The Sheriff has said there is also no evidence of any criminal intent whatsoever at this time. One driver said he thought Stewart could have avoided Ward. Another driver on the track said he feels Stewart did everything he could to avoid Ward. A crew member for another car (#45) in the race, which barely missed Ward, said Stewart had less time than the driver of the #45 car had to see Ward and “people in the stands or watching this video have no idea how fast these thing happen and how limited our view is inside the car.”
Here is Povero’s statement:
“The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., of Lewis County, N.Y., is ongoing and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks or more. Investigators continue to seek witnesses, gather evidence, and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction. However, it would be inappropriate to discuss details or findings of the investigation with the media at this time. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as the Ontario County Office of Sheriff continues this investigation and for having patience as we conduct a thorough review of all of the relevant facts involving this tragic accident. When the investigation is completed, we will meet with members of the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and discuss with them all aspects of the investigation into the crash that occurred on August 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Speedway. At that time, more information relating to any determinations that have been made may be released. In closing, on behalf of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of Kevin Ward, Jr.”
Philip C. Povero
Ontario County Sheriff