Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said the victim, Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana the night he was killed “enough to impair judgment.” Tantillo also said two videos examined by investigators showed “no aberrational driving by Tony Stewart.”
“This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever,” Stewart said in a prepared statement. “While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
There was a clear divide among those in the racing world when the event took place last month. There were many that believed Stewart steered towards Ward Jr. in an attempt to ‘scare’ the young kid and then hit him. However, others like myself believed it was a terrible accident that took place on a dimly lit track at night with Ward Jr. walking towards cars moving pretty fast.
Tony Stewart will have to live with this event for the rest of his life. What are your thoughts on the grand jury decision?