Tony Stewart Cleared by Grand Jury in Ward Jr. Case

Updated: September 24, 2014
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is cleared of all and any charges from the Aug. 9 accident that took the life of Sprint driver Kevin Ward Jr.

Twenty-five jurors began hearing testimony Monday, Sept. 24. Twenty-four witnesses, including two videos and two-accident re-enactments, were among part of witness testimony.

Ward was found to have marijuana in his system that could have caused legal impairment to drive a motor vehicle. Ward’s family is clearly disappointed and will be providing a statement as early as today. Ward Sr. reported a month ago that he might seek an attorney in a civil suit.

The toxicology report, along with a grand jury finding of NO BASIS to charge Stewart, will probably play a huge role in any civil suit action by the family. There is no statement from Stewart at this time.

NASCAR will be heading to Dover, DE for this weekend’s racing events. Stewart is expected to be in his car for the AAA 400 Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Driver Jeff Burton is on standby to take the place of Stewart if needed. Burton drove for Stewart early on in the investigation.

Stay tuned to Sideline Sports Report for any updates.


Robyn Vandenberg


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