Tony Stewart has been cleared of all criminal charges in relation to the incident that resulted in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.
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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges over the death of Kevin Ward Jr, a grand jury has ruled.
The decision comes seven weeks after Stewart’s car struck and killed the 20-year-old during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.
Ontario County district attorney Michael Tantillo said there was no basis to charge Stewart with any crimes.
“After listening to and questioning all of the witnesses and reviewing all of the evidence, the grand jury has determined that there is no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes,” prosecutor Michael Tantillo said.
Reports say toxicology tests showed Ward Jr. was under the influence of marijuana the night of the incident.
Stewart said he has struggled to come to terms with the incident.
“This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever,” he said.
“I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive.”
“While the process was long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known.”