The Ontario County (NY) police department announced on Friday that their investigation of Tony Stewart’s fatal accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. will take at least two more weeks.
The sheriff’s office released this statement after Stewart spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since the tragedy:
“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.”
Stewart, who will return to racing on Sunday in Atlanta, said that the tragedy will affect him forever and returning to the track to his racing family will help him cope. Visibly rattled, he said he has been praying and thinking about the Ward family every day and the pain that he feels cannot match theirs. Authorities have said that there was no evidence at the time of the accident press criminal charges against Stewart.