Tony Stewart Not Charged; Kevin Ward, Jr. Had Enough Marijuana in His System to Impair Judgment

Tony Stewart will not be indicted by an Ontario County (NY) grand jury in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. Stewart’s vehicle struck Ward after Ward exited his own vehicle on the track and walked toward the middle of the race track at Canandaigua Motor Speedway on August 9, 2014.

The full statement from the Ontario County District Attorney can be seen here.

In addition, the D.A. said that Kevin Ward, Jr. was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, according to Jim Utter. It was enough to, in the words of the D.A., “impair judgment.”

The grand jury ultimately absolved Stewart, although the specifics of the case are likely to be debated by racing observers for many years to come.

With potential criminal charges no longer hanging over the three-time Sprint Cup champion’s head, he will now focus on finishing the 2014 season.


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