CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Ontario County sheriff Philip Povero on Tuesday said the investigation into the sprint car crash that killed Kevin Ward Jr. is ongoing and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks.
"It would be inappropriate to discuss details or findings with the media at this time," Povero said.
He stressed the importance of the department having time to conduct a thorough review of the crash, in which the car driven by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart struck and killed 20-year-old Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday.
Povero will meet with members of district attorney's office and will discuss the crash that occurred Saturday once the investigation is concluded.
"At that time, more information may be released," he said.
Povero declined to take any questions.
On Monday, Povero said there currently were no criminal charges pending.
"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," he said then.
"This is an open investigation. What I have just said is not indicative that the investigation is over or conclusions have been made, but that we are continuing to gather all information."
He also said an autopsy conducted Monday by the Ontario County coroner found Ward's cause of death to be massive blunt trauma.
Ward Jr. was struck by Stewart's car after Ward exited his car and walked down the track under a caution period. Ward's body was thrown and he was fatally injured.
Funeral arrangements for Ward Jr. were announced earlier Monday. Visitation will be held noon-4 p.m. ET and 6-9 p.m. ET, Wednesday at Trainor Funeral Home in Boonville, N.Y., according to owner Carl Trainor. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. ET at South Lewis Senior High School in Turin, N.Y.
Earlier Monday, Mike Arning, director of communications for Stewart-Haas Racing, told USA TODAY Sports that Stewart's sprint car schedule was indefinitely suspended and he was still mulling whether he would return to NASCAR this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
"The decision to compete in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Michigan will be Tony's, and he will have as much time as he needs to make that decision," Arning said in an email to USA TODAY Sports.
"It is still an emotional time for all involved, Tony included. He is grieving, and grief doesn't have a timetable."
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