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Sprint car driver accidentally killed by Tony Stewart was under the influence of marijuana

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MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 28: Tony Stewart drives the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, climbs into his car prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 31: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks through the garage area with NASCAR security after an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 31: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks through the garage area with NASCAR security after an on track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 31: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 31: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pulls into his garage stall after being involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2014 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Video: NASCAR's Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Kevin Ward Jr After He Got Out Of Car To Complain http://t.co/2JiTbHd7Aj http://t.co/d4JAV8Mbiq
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WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 08: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
WATKINS GLEN, NY - AUGUST 08: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2014 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
TURIN, NY - AUGUST 14: General view of a shirt for Kevin Ward Jr. is shown outside of South Lewis Senior High School following the funeral service on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. Ward was killed August 9, when he exited his car during a dirt track race and was struck by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
TURIN, NY - AUGUST 14: Mourners let balloons go following the funeral service for Kevin Ward Jr. at South Lewis Senior High School on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. Ward was killed August 9, when he exited his car during a dirt track race and was struck by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
TURIN, NY - AUGUST 14: Pallbearers help to carry the casket of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at South Lewis Senior High School on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. Ward was killed August 9, when he exited his car during a dirt track race and was struck by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
TURIN, NY - AUGUST 14: Pallbearers help to carry the casket of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at South Lewis Senior High School on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. Ward was killed August 9, when he exited his car during a dirt track race and was struck by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
TURIN, NY - AUGUST 14: a man walks past a hearse during the funeral service for sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. on August 14, 2014 in Turin, New York. Ward was killed August 9, when he exited his car during a dirt track race and was struck by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for the on-track death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. because Ward was under the influence of marijuana, authorities said.

Stewart was cleared Wednesday by a grand jury after an August 9 incident in which he mowed down Ward, a sprint car driver, at a dirt track in upstate New York.

The 20-year-old Ward had enough marijuana in his system to "impair his judgment," District Attorney Michael Tantillo said, according to USA Today.

An expert determined on the scene that Stewart was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that no toxicology was performed on the NASCAR star, Tantillo added.

The investigation originally centered on whether Stewart maneuvered his car in a manner to purposefully strike Ward as he furiously charged at Stewart's car after a collision.

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Initial reports suggested Stewart may have intentionally swerved his car into Ward but the grand jury saw otherwise.

Footage showed Ward emerging from his car and running in a fit of rage towards Stewart during the sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Speedway.

Ward shook his fists in fury as Stewart sped towards him before becoming caught in the back wheel and thrown through the air to his death.

The 20-person grand jury reviewed witness testimony, accident reconstruction details and police reports and determined the three-time NASCAR champion was not at fault in the incident, officials confirmed.

Enhanced video of the horrific accident was also used as part of the grand jury inquiry.

Stewart sat out three Nationwide Cup races this season before returning to the track. He has not yet publicly commented on the grand jury decision.

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