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Grand jury won’t charge Tony Stewart in death of Kevin Ward Jr.

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LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 19: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, looks olooks onduring qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

The decision was announced Wednesday, nearly seven weeks after Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race on Aug. 9 in Canandaigua.

Ward had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing alongside Stewart. The 20-year-old walked down the track, waving his arms in an apparent attempt to confront the three-time NASCAR champion.

The front of Stewart’s car appeared to clear Ward, but Ward was struck by the right rear tire and hurtled through the air. He died of blunt force trauma. Stewart skipped three races following what he called a tragic accident.

During the hearing, a prosecutor alleged that Ward Jr. was under the influence of marijuana when he was struck.

 

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