Tony Stewart: Sheriff says no evidence to charge
UPDATE: POLICE investigating the Tony Stewart racing accident that killed a fellow driver Kevin Ward say there is currently no evidence to suggest any criminal intent.
"As we speak, at this time, there are no facts that exist that support any criminal behavior or conduct or any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation," Ontario County Sheriff Phillip Povero said.
ABC News in the US reported that investigators are reviewing two videos of the crash and are looking for additional recordings and eyewitness testimony from both spectators and other drivers on the course.
Ward's racing series confirmed that the 20-year-old's viewing will be held on Wednesday (US time) before the funeral on Thursday.
Empire Super Sprints, the series that counted Ward as a racer, announced on their website that the family is calling for "the biggest turnout ever" at the funeral.
Tony Stewart hits, kills Kevin Ward: Who's at fault?
NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart is well known for being a hot head on and off the track.
But could he have really deliberately struck and killed his young rival Kevin Ward in a sprint car race in New York?
A furious Ward, who was in the very unlucky car number 13, crashed into the wall after being clipped.
What unfolded, however, has race fans around the world talking.
Ward, 20, jumped out of his car and stormed onto the track, while the race was still continuing, yelling and waving as he the traffic hurtled towards him.
Ward signalled directly at Stewart who he blamed for the crash.
That's when the unspeakable occurred.
Stewart's No. 14 car collided with Ward, dragging the young driver under the wheels for about 15 metres before he was left laying on the ground motionless.
The young racer was later pronounced dead.
Some have blamed the young racer for his own death, saying stepping into traffic in a black fire suit was akin to a suicide mission.
Who do you blame for Kevin Ward's death on the track?
This poll ended on 18 August 2014.
Kevin Ward. He should have stayed in his car
Tony Stewart. He should have seen him
No one. It was a terrible accident
It's still too early to tell what happened
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Others have pointed the finger at Stewart.
Stewart was questioned by authorities on the night of the tragedy.
It is understood that there is no evidence to prove Stewart intended to hit the young driver.
Stewart himself released a short statement on Twitter saying: "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's 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 the tragedy."
Ward's parents, who were in the crowd, released a brief statement, saying: "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."
SOME OF THE REACTION ON FACEBOOK TODAY
Mario Di Domenico: Looks like he swerved into him..but the other driver should have stayed in his car.....tony your in big trouble
Madison Edwards: If you look closely the reason the car swerves is due to the impact of hitting him not him swerving into him
Bernadette Sharp: Didn't look deliberate to me, as Ward was jumping all over the place, so I'm guessing Stewart anticipated him to move in a direction so he tried to avoid him, which, unfortunately, didn't happen and struck Ward.
Jodie Elizabeth: The footage doesn't show the initial hit. My synopsis of the event is he went to give him a face full of gravel but it went pear shaped
Michelle Rixon: He should never got out of his car and walked into racing traffic. His own stupidity contributed to his death