The August 9 race during which race car driver Tony Stewart's car stuck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. on the track has no doubt been replayed in the mind of Stewart a million times. Now it will be replayed--in exhaustive detail--in front of a New York grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo has announced he will take the case of Tony Stewart's role in Ward's death to a grand jury, where it will proceed out of the public eye. A case against Stewart would have to involve "evidence of intent", according to experts. Or "evidence that the driver should have known that his actions could kill someone." The latter condition--given the inclusion of the word "could"--would seem to include getting behind the wheel in the first place. The actions of a NASCAR driver "could" at any time put lives in danger.
“Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter," DA Tantillo said. Stewart replied in a statement: "I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County district attorney and the sheriff’s office in investigating this tragic accident. I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation."
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