Tony Stewart May Still Face Charges For Track Tragedy
The nightmare is not over yet for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart. It was decided today that the case will move to the decision of a Grand Jury. The case I am referring to is the death of Kevin Ward Jr. who was hit by Stewart back on August 9th in Canandaigua when he exited his car after a wreck. The decision came from Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo. The evidence collected by the sheriff's investigators is what made Tantillo chose to pursue the matter further.
Statement From Ontario County DA's Office:
Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff's Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.
As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness's expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results.
There is no word on when the Grand Jury will convene. Stewart says he looks forward to the process being over with and will continue to cooperate.