Kevin Ward Jr. family reaches settlement with Tony Stewart in wrongful-death lawsuit

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The family of the late dash automotive driver Kevin Ward Jr. has reached a settlement with Tony Stewart in a wrongful-death lawsuit that was 5 weeks earlier than trial, based on Phrases of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

The report of a settlement, which nonetheless wants the approval of Decide David Hurd, comes a bit of greater than three 1/2 years after Stewart struck Ward with his automotive after the younger driver walked out onto the monitor to confront him after a wreck at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York Aug. 9, 2014. 

The lawsuit, filed in New York, claimed that Stewart wrongfully brought about Ward’s dying by appearing with “wanton, reckless and malicious intent and negligence.” The go well with additional stated the three-time NASCAR champion additionally brought about Ward to expertise excessive terror, ache and struggling. 

“Our son was really the sunshine of our lives and we miss him terribly every single day,” Ward’s mother and father Kevin and Pamela stated in a press release after submitting the lawsuit. “Our hope is that this lawsuit will maintain Tony Stewart answerable for killing our son and present him there are actual penalties when somebody recklessly takes one other individual’s life.”

A grand jury determined in September 2014 that there was not sufficient proof to help felony expenses towards Stewart. The district lawyer who additionally dealt with the case stated Ward, 20, had sufficient marijuana in his system to affect his actions the night time he was killed.  

Some witnesses declare, nevertheless, that Stewart gunned his accelerator and ran over Ward, who was pronounced lifeless shortly afterward at an area hospital.

“Kevin Ward can be alive today if not for the reckless and harmful actions of Tony Stewart, who ultimately should reply for what he did,” the Ward family’s lawyer Mark Lanier stated in a press release in 2015. “The previous yr has been extraordinarily troublesome for Kevin’s mom and father, they usually’re nonetheless making an attempt to manage with their unimaginable loss.”

After the incident, Stewart referred to as the accident “one of many hardest tragedies I’ve ever needed to deal with ” and added “that is one thing that may undoubtedly have an effect on my life ceaselessly.”

The settlement listening to is scheduled for April 12 and can finish the civil lawsuit if permitted by Decide David Hurd.