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09/20 2018

REPORT: JUDGE DISMISSES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST NASCAR DRIVER TONY STEWART…”RR-AZ SAYS, YEAH, AT LEAST UNTIL ANOTHER SCUMBAG LAWYER (WITH APOLOGIES TO SCUMBAGS) SURFACES.”

The wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart has been dismissed by a New York court.
PHOTO BY SEAN GARDNER | GETTY IMAGES FOR NASCAR

 

Stewart struck sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a 2014 crash

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The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against retired NASCAR star Tony Stewart was officially dismissed Tuesday, according to a report by ESPN.

The lawsuit was the result of the death of Kevin Ward Jr., 20, in 2014. Ward was killed after being hit by Stewart’s sprint car during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Ward’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2015, claiming the crash was caused by recklessness on Stewart’s part. It suggested that the former NASCAR star “could have easily acted reasonably and with prudence to avoid striking Ward, just as all other drivers had done” prior. The lawsuit further alleges Stewart “acted with disregard” to the the 20-year-old driver’s life when he accelerated his car, “driving his vehicle in a manner that would terrorize Ward and thereafter strike, severely injure and kill Ward.”

A toxicology report revealed marijuana in Ward’s system. An Ontario County grand jury cleared Stewart of any criminal wrongdoing just a few weeks after the incident.

The two sides reached a settlement in April. The terms of that settlement are confidential.

Ward Jr.’s mother, Pamela Ward, later told USA Today Sports that she felt “forced” into a settlement, telling the media outlet in May that “we wanted (Stewart) to be held accountable in front of a jury of his peers. He was not held accountable in a criminal case. He basically has never been held responsible at any point. I basically feel our lawyers have let us down as we were informed a month before trial that they would not be willing to take this case to trial.”

According to the report, the judge allowed 30 days for the case to be reopened if the terms of the settlement are not met.