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NASCAR’s Tony Stewart pulls out of second race following death of fellow driver

Tony Stewart looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart pulls out of second race following death of fellow driver

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will sit out a second race after he struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

On Sunday, Stewart announced that he would not participate on that day’s Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins Glen International. ESPN reports he has also now pulled out of next weekend’s dirt track race in Plymouth, Indiana.
 
“Plymouth Speedway announced the news that Stewart would not race Saturday in a statement released Monday,” ESPN reports.
 
Meanwhile, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero says that while the investigation into Ward’s death is being reviewed by the district attorney, there has been no evidence to support intent or criminal charges against Stewart, USA Today reports.
 
“Eyewitness testimony and video still is being gathered as the sheriff's department seeks to reconstruct the crash. Autopsy results from the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office still are pending for Ward, a native of Port Leyden, N.Y., and funeral arrangements also haven't been announced by the family, which released a statement Sunday requesting time to grieve,” adds USA Today.
 
UPDATE: CNN reports that autopsy results indicate that Ward, 20, died of "massive blunt trauma." Ward died of his injuries beore an ambulance arrived at a hospital.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.