Tony Stewart Grand Jury: NASCAR Driver Decision On Kevin Ward Jr No Criminal Charges At Live Press Conference

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Sep 24, 2014 02:57 PM EDT
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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. "

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will learn his fate from the grand jury regarding the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at a  race track in Watkins Glen last month where Stewart struck and killed the driver while competing in a lower level race, as the Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo presented the evidence in the case and the jury is ready to decide whether to not to bring criminal charges.

According to USA Today, Stewart is facing the possibility of criminal charges from the grand jury and he will find out on Wednesday whether he will be hit with criminal charges or if no charges will be brought. The 20 year old Ward tried to confront Stewart after he was run off the track by the driver and as he came down on the dirt track to confront Stewart, his car hit Ward and flying him down the track, which ultimately led to his death. Stewart is a three time Champion and one of the top well known drivers in the sport and following the incident he sat out of races as the case played out.

Check here for updates on the press conference and the charges.

The track the drivers were on was the dirt track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and after the crash from Ward, he was enraged and came back onto the dirt track. Stewart appears to try to get out of the way at the last second, but some have speculated that he was trying to give Ward a warning by driving close to him. Ward was pronounced dead later at the hospital and police did a month long investigation of the incident and that included video of what happened.

The grand jury had the evidence presented to them and now charges could be levied against Stewart if the jury decides he is criminally liable for what happened. Stewart is one of the most popular drivers in the sport, but he also has been called arrogant and has had incidents on the track in the past. This was the worst of those and Ward lost his life as a result of what happened. 

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