In a mid-afternoon press conference, Ontario County New York Sheriff Philip Povero said that as of now, there are “no facts in hand” to support any criminal intent on the part of Tony Stewart After he hit and killed another race car driver Saturday night at New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park.             YOU TUBE PICTURE.

The Sheriff said the  the investigation was  ongoing and that multiple factors were being taken into account.  The investigation will look into the condition of the track’s clay surface and the lighting in the Turn 2 area where the incident took place.  “There are no foregone conclusions made at this point,” “We’re looking for any information, any relative evidence, that will help us to come to a final determination as to why this happened.”

Stewart and Kevin Ward tangled during a 25-lap sprint car event and Ward ultimately spun out in Turn 2. Seconds after his car came to a stop, he got out and walked down the track surface to confront Stewart as the race went under caution.

According to a press release issued last night by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, one car swerved to avoid Ward before Stewart’s car struck Ward.

Ward was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sheriff Povero says Stewart  is being cooperative with the investigation.