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Tony Stewart will not be charged by an Ontario County (N.Y.) Grand Jury in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.

The grand jury determined Wednesday that there was no evidence of a criminal act. The case was passed on to the grand jury by Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo last week.

Tantillo said "two dozen" people were interviewed in the case and revealed that toxicology reports determined that Ward had marijuana in his system.

"There is toxicology evidence in the case related to Kevin Ward, that actually indicated at the time of operation that he was under the influence of marijuana," Tantillo said. "There was no toxicology work performed on Tony Stewart, however a certified drug recognition expert had interviewed him on the night of the collision and determined that he found no basis to observe any alcohol consumption or impairment by Stewart."

When asked about Ward's toxicology reports, Tantillo said that the amount in his system was "enough to impair judgment."

Tantillo also said that there was no evidence of "aberrational" driving from Stewart before he hit Ward and that it appeared Stewart was driving in a straight line until he hit Ward. Two videos of the accident were used as evidence in the investigation.

"Those videos were examined in detail. They were enhanced. They were run through programs that allow the frames to be isolated," Tantillo said. "They were run at 75, 50 and 25 percent speed. They were overlaid with grids and data and they were pretty important piece of the evidence here.

"The videos did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by Tony Stewart until the point of impact with Kevin Ward, at which his vehicle veered to the right, up the track as a result of the collision. Prior to that his course was pretty straight."
I heard that earlier today, right before I went to work. I know that was a huge weight lifted off Tony's shoulders. The toxicology report should help ease his mind some too.

Everybody better start picking him for Sunday's race. Big Grin
(09-24-2014, 09:30 PM)spazmatastic Wrote: [ -> ]I heard that earlier today, right before I went to work. I know that was a huge weight lifted off Tony's shoulders. The toxicology report should help ease his mind some too.

Everybody better start picking him for Sunday's race. Big Grin
Rough season for Smoke in 2014, to say the least...a win would be good, but I'm just glad to see that nothing more came of this tragedy...I just couldn't buy that he ran up on Ward purposefully...crazy to think of it all. I don't think Tony can get that thought out of his head this quickly...I don't know how you can just deal with the thoughts of the whole situation, and you know this isn't over. We live in such a litigious society now, it seems that the blame game is forever with us, pointing fingers. Anger is a dangerous emotion, on all sides of this thing...
I agree with all of that. The memory of that night will stick with him for the rest of his life, but I think the fact that he was cleared of any wrongdoing will motivate him to race extra hard this weekend. I see him getting a Top-15 finish at worst (unless some random accident gathers him up).

I know the Ward family will go after him in a civil lawsuit, but the toxicology report, plus the extensive video research the authorities used to come to the conclusion of no criminal charges, will negate anything they could possibly fight for to get anything from Tony.

Tony will be okay eventually. If he decides to race next year, all drivers better watch out, 'cuz he will be going for another championship!