Stewart Settling Wrongful-Death Lawsuit With Ward Family

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Tony Stewart (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

UTICA, N.Y. — Tony Stewart and the parents of the late Kevin Ward Jr. have come to an agreement to settle the wrongful-death lawsuit against Stewart.

ESPN reported that U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd has scheduled a settlement hearing for April 12 in Utica, N.Y., to put the terms of the settlement on public record.

The settlement would bring to an end the civil lawsuit filed roughly a year after Ward’s death on Aug. 9, 2014 when he was struck by a sprint car Stewart was driving during an Empire Super Sprints event at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.

A trial regarding the wrongful-death lawsuit was scheduled to begin on May 7. This settlement will keep both sides from having to testify and watch video of the incident, which saw contact between the two on the track that resulted in Ward’s car crashing out of the race.

Ward returned to the track to show his displeasure with Stewart and moments later Stewart’s car struck Ward. A grand jury later cleared Stewart of any criminal charges in Ward’s death.