Kevin Ward Jr. Was High When Tony Stewart Struck And Killed Him
A grand jury decided not to indict Tony Stewart for killing Kevin Ward Jr. with his car at Canandaigua Motor Speedway last month. A statement from district attorney Michael Tantillo said that after interviewing witnesses and reviewing photographs and video, there was "no basis" to charge Stewart with either manslaughter in the second degree or criminally negligent homicide.
There is, however, one additional detail revealed about Ward after the decision was handed down -- one that probably swayed that jury's decision:
DA: Kevin Ward Jr. was "under the influence of marijuana" at the time of his death
— Jim Utter (@jim_utter) September 24, 2014
— Morgan Fogarty (@MorganFogarty) September 24, 2014
Incredible. It makes you wonder how many auto racers are stoned while driving. Additionally, you'd think a guy who's high would be more cautious after crashing like Ward did -- isn't weed supposed to, like, chill you out, dude?
In the end, smoking weed probably doesn't make you any more or less likely to walk out into the middle of a "hot track," but it almost certainly played a role in the grand jury's decision to let Stewart off the hook.
A tragic story takes an unexpected twist. We'll see how Ward's family decides to proceed from here.
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