Tony Stewart, family of Kevin Ward reach settlement in wrongful death suit

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UTICA, N.Y. — Nearly four years after Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Tony Stewart’s car, the family of the young driver has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star.

According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, April 2, the court was notified of a settlement between the two parties, and a settlement hearing is scheduled for April 12 in Utica, New York. A trial had been scheduled to start on May 7, 2018.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Stewart’s car hit and killed 20-year-old Ward on August 9, 2014, at Canandaigua Motor Speedway. Ward, 20, had gotten out of his car to confront the three-time NASCAR champion during the race.

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. claims Tony Stewart gunned his engine and put his car into a skid  as the victim walked onto the track after the race was placed under caution.

Steward called it “100 percent an accident,” and a grand jury declined to indict him.