Tony Stewart’s fate to rest in hands of grand jury after fatal dirt track crash

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ONTARIO CO., N.Y. (Sept. 16, 2014) – The fatal dirt track crash involving Tony Stewart will go to a grand jury.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo reviewed the case and said it would be “appropriate” for him to leave it up to a grand jury to look at the evidence and determine what action should be taken.

Stewart hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, on the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. Ward had gotten out of his car and walked onto the track to argue with Stewart after he spun out.

Tantillo said the grand jury would be confidential and couldn’t reveal a date or who would be called to testify.

Here’s the official statement:

Over the past several weeks I have reviewed with members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department their investigation, as it progressed, in the Tony Stewart matter. Recently that office concluded its work and forwarded the complete case file to me. Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the investigation will be presented to an Ontario County grand jury in the near future.

As grand jury proceedings in New York State are strictly confidential by law, I am unable to state when the matter will be scheduled, other than to state that I intend to present the matter in the near future. Similarly, because of the confidential nature of these proceedings, I cannot state who will be called as witnesses, or what any witness’s expected testimony will be. When the presentation has been completed and a determination has been made, I will advise the public and the media at that time of the results.

Michael Tantillo
Ontario County District Attorney

Stewart reacted with the following statement:

“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.”