Although a New York state grand jury determined there was no evidence of what Ontario County district attorney Michael Tantillo called “aberrational driving” and cleared NASCAR driver Tony Stewart of all charges in the racing death of young sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., Ward’s family is still holding Stewart responsible.
Kevin Ward Sr. – father of Kevin Ward Jr. – sent SportingNews.com writer Bob Pockrass a family statement after the grand jury reached its determination Wednesday.
“Our son got out of his car during caution while the race was suspended,” the statement said. “All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car towards him causing this tragedy.
“The focus should be on Mr. Stewart and not my son. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.”
It would appear likely then, based upon that statement, that even though he’s cleared of all potential criminal charges, Stewart will likely still face a civil suit from the Ward family on behalf of Kevin Ward Jr.
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