WATKINS GLEN, Ny. (WHSV)-- According to reporter Scott Thompson, Stewart was supposed to race again today, but instead he decided against it.
"Tony will not drive today," said Sheriff Phil Povero, of Ontario County.
The three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart pulled out of Sunday's Cheez-It 355 Nascar race. On Aug. 9, the driver hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. while competing in a 25-lap dirt-track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York.
Ward's sprint car hit a wall during lap 14, after apparently being cut off by Tony Stewart's car. Ward then exited his car and walks along the track. Ward appeared angry, and a car swerves to miss him. Tony Stewart's car comes close to Ward, and hits him.
"The operator of the car that was struck was transported to thompson Hospital in Canandaigua,NY by ambulance,' said Sheriff Povero, 'at the hospital the operator was pronounced dead on arrival."
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.
"I want to make it clear there are no criminal charges pending at this time.This is an ongoing investigation," said Sheriff Povero.
Cars were traveling slower than normal at the time Kevin Ward was hit.