Kevin Ward Death: Probe Into Tony Stewart Crash Will Take Weeks

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It will be at least two weeks before authorities finish their investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., the race car driver who was struck and killed by NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Investigators are still looking for witnesses, gathering evidence, and reconstructing the crash scene, said Philip C. Povero, the sheriff of Ontario County, New York. He said that he will meet with prosecutors when the probe is complete and “discuss with them all aspects of the investigation into the crash.”

Povero declined to take questions from reporters. He said Monday that the investigation had uncovered no facts to suggest criminal behavior by Stewart. Ward, 20, charged into the middle of the track during a race on Saturday night after Stewart buzzed him and he spun out. As Stewart’s car approached Ward, it appeared to fishtail, and Ward was pulled under a wheel and thrown into the air. Stewart said later that “there aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel.”


— Erin McClam