Fatal Accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Remains under Investigation


The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. in a sprint car accident on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York will continue for another couple of weeks.

Investigators are working on gathering evidence and developing a racetrack crash reconstruction, according to Sheriff Philip C. Povero of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department. He stated that when a thorough investigation is complete, those involved with the investigation will meet with the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and discuss all aspects of the investigation. It will be then when authorities may release information concerning the accident.

Sheriff Povero said that “it would inappropriate to discuss details for findings of the investigation with the media at this time”.

Ward died after sustaining fatal injuries in a race Saturday night. He was walking down the track under a caution situation, gesturing at NASCAR driver Tony Stewart after contact was made between Stewart and Ward. As Ward was on foot and walking down the track, the right rear of Stewart’s sprint car struck Ward which resulted in his fatal injuries.

Sheriff Povero has stated that there are “no facts that exist of any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation”.