August 11, 2014 / 9:34 PM / 3 years ago

No charges for now against NASCAR's Stewart in fatal crash: sheriff

(Reuters) - There is currently no evidence that NASCAR champion driver Tony Stewart committed a crime when he struck and killed a fellow driver in a weekend race, the Sheriff of Ontario County, New York, said on Monday.

Aug 9, 2014; Watkins Glen, NY, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) during practice for the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports - RTR41VDN

“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,” Sheriff Phil Povero said at a news conference, adding that the investigation into 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr’s death was still ongoing.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken

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