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Canandaigua racetrack investigation will take two more weeks


CANANDAIGUA — The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department will take at least another two weeks to conclude the investigation into the accident that took the life of Port Leyden Sprint Cup racer Kevin Ward Jr. on Saturday night.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Philip C. Povero said investigators continue to look into what caused the accident involving NASCAR racer Tony Stewart, whose vehicle struck Ward, 20, after he got out of his car on the dimly lit dirt track, apparently to confront Mr. Stewart.

The two drivers were involved in a crash that took out Mr. Ward’s vehicle on the previous lap.

Investigators continue to seek witnesses, gather evidence and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction.

“However, it would be inappropriate to discuss details or findings of the investigation with the media at this time,” Sheriff Povero said.

Investigators have viewed two videos — provided by fans who attended the race — that showed what happened.

Mr. Ward was killed at the end of the second turn during the 14th lap of a 45-lap race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park during the Lucas Oil SuperSprint feature race. He walked down the track, approached Mr. Stewart’s No. 14, and then pointed at the NASCAR driver.

Sheriff Povero did not take any questions from reporters.

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