Stewart cleared over track death

2014-09-24 22:06
Tony Stewart (AFP)

New York - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed a young driver, a county prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed Kevin Ward jnr, 20, during a non-NASCAR sprint car race August 9 on a dimly lit part of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track, which is about an hour's drive west of Syracuse.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said authorities submitted possible charges of manslaughter in the second degree and criminally negligent homicide against Stewart and the grand jury "determined that there is no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes."

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