Tony Stewart Kills Driver, No Charges Imminent

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August 11, 2014 6:07am PST

Late Saturday night, Tony Stewart was involved in fatal crash that ended in the death of a 20-year-old driver by the name of Kevin Ward Jr. As investigations are currently underway, and authorities struggle to gain a better understanding of the night’s events, they have further announced that no criminal charges were imminent.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero explained that Stewart was, “visibly shaken,” after the incident but was fully cooperative with investigators on the matter. Despite him feeling this way however, his crew remained steady on their course sharing that it was “business as usual,” regarding the Watkins Glen race that occurred yesterday.

A few hours later however, he came forward saying that he was forfeiting his spot and would not be participating after all.

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In a later statement, Stewart conveyed:

“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Povero has also since come forward to relay, “This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash, and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending. When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”

What do you guys think – regardless of intent, should someone who took another’s life be held accountable and be dealt a consequence or should accidents be treated as such?

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