CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP/CBSDFW.COM) — A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday that after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff’s investigators, he has decided to present it to a grand jury. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case.READ MORE: American Airlines Among 3 Biggest US Carriers Suspending Flights To Israel
Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua on Aug. 9. The 20-year-old had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing alongside Stewart.
Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage told 105.3 The Fan”It’s a fairly standard process, it doesn’t mean that there is any evidence to lead to criminal charges or not.” regarding the evidence going to a grand jury.READ MORE: Discover DFW: Paddlesports On The Trinity River
“Everybody that knows Tony knows the answer to that..and also would like for this all to be over with.” said Gossage. “You’ve got to respect the process,” he added.
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