New York’s Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero conducted a press conference on Monday evening to release the autopsy findings on Kevin Ward, Jr. Ward was fatally injured in a Sprint car accident at a dirt track in upstate New York on Saturday night.
According to a press release, Ontario County Coroner Kevin Henderson found that the cause of death was massive blunt force trauma. No other information regarding the autopsy findings will be released.
During Saturday’s race at Canandiagua Motorsports Park, Ward’s race car made contact with another race driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Ward exited his race car and walked down the track while under a caution. Two cars traveling in tandem, one driven by Stewart, approached as the driver continued down the track, gesturing to the two approaching cars. Stewart’s car struck the driver. Ward was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sheriff Povero added that the investigation is progressing and there are “no facts that exist of any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation”. Detectives are analyzing video of the accident and are gathering statements from witnesses as well as dirt track racing experts.