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Attorney speaks about fatal crash

Canandaigua, N.Y. A defense attorney and longtime racer, James Nobles, said that hes watched the video of Saturdays fatal accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and doesnt see any evidence that Tony Stewarts actions were criminal.

When I saw the video I thought this is pretty much an open and shut case. Theyre going to have a very difficult time finding, I would think, any evidence that would support any criminal intent here, Nobles said.

Nobles said unless Tony Stewart comes out and says that he intentionally hit Kevin Ward, Jr., or video is found that shows a different angle of the crash, he doesnt think this is anything more than a tragic accident.

Nobles said that the Canandaigua Motorsports Park is very dark and Ward was wearing a dark suit. To him it looked like Stewart was trying to avoid contact with Ward.

I dont think you can suggest recklessness, because he wasnt doing anything different than anyone else was doing, Nobles said.

Some people are questioning why Stewart revved his engine, but Nobles said because Canandaigua is a dirt racetrack, cars require more throttle to move and if Stewart was trying to avoid hitting Ward, he may have accelerated to turn the wheel of the car.

 

 
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