The sports world is still reeling from the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr. over the weekend after he exited his vehicle to confront Tony Stewart following an accident involving the two drivers at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
It was initially indicated that Stewart still intended on racing in Sunday’s Nascar event at Watkins Glen but the famous driver ultimately decided against that. He also issued a statement about the accident in which the vehicle he was driving hit and killed Ward Jr.:
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Ward Jr.’s family also issued a statement in the aftermath:
“We appreciate the prayers and support we are receiving from the community, but we need time to grieve and wrap our heads around all of this.”
Kevin Ward Jr.’s aunt, Wendi Ward, posted to Facebook yesterday expressing her grief while lashing out at Stewart – calling him a “d*ck.”
According to ESPN, Sheriff Philip Povero said as of Sunday afternoon that there were no charges pending. He added that the District Attorney was continuing to investigate the accident but there was no evidence to support criminal charges or intent at the time. He is requesting anyone that may have video or other pertinent information regarding the incident to contact his office so that it can be reviewed.