(CNN) — Police say there is no evidence of criminal intent in the Saturday crash that involved NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
The driver hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. while competing in a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York.
Video shows Ward’s sprint car hitting a wall, after apparently being cut off by Tony Stewart’s car. Ward then exits his car and walks along the track. Ward, gesturing with his hands, appears angry and a car swerves to miss him. That’s when Tony Stewart’s car comes close to Ward and appears to hit him.
“The operator of the car that was struck was transported to Thompson hospital in Canandaigua by ambulance. At the hospital the operator was pronounced dead on arrival,” says Sheriff Phil Povero.
Tony Stewart released the following statement via NASCAR’s twitter account:
“There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Police say Stewart is cooperating with the investigation and that no charges have been filed.