CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – official report — The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after being struck by a sprint car driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, is complete, according to an official release made public earlier today.
The official statement reads:
“The Ontario County Office of Sheriff has completed its investigation into the death of Kevin A. Ward, Jr., which occurred August 9, 2014, at the Canandaigua, New York, Motorsports Park. The entire thorough investigation, including a forensic video enhancement recently received from the New York State Police Laboratory in Albany, has been submitted to the Office of the Ontario County District for review. The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation.”
Stewart was competing in the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints event at the half-mile dirt oval when he was involved in an on-track incident with Ward while attempting to pass him. After Ward’s car came to rest, Ward exited his car and ran onto the track in an apparent effort to confront Stewart and was struck by the No. 14 as it passed by. Ward was taken from the track and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Stewart skipped the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in the wake of the incident. He returned to competition two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, reading a statement to the media during Friday practice. Stewart has not spoken publicly about the incident since.