Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Suit

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart, nearly a year after Stewart’s sprint car struck and killed the 20-year-old driver under caution during a race at an upstate New York dirt track.

The Ward family filed the lawsuit in Lewis County Supreme Court, which covers the Ward home in Port Leyden and is about 175 miles northeast of Watkins Glen International, where Stewart practiced Friday in preparation for the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday.


“Our son was truly the light of our lives and we miss him terribly every day,” Ward’s parents said in a statement. “Our hope is that this lawsuit will hold Tony Stewart responsible for killing our son and show him there are real consequences when someone recklessly takes another person’s life.”

A spokesman for Stewart said the driver had no comment.

Stewart was not criminally charged in the death of Ward, who had gotten out of his car and run toward Stewart’s as Stewart drove under caution during the Empire Super Sprints race Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Ward was declared dead 45 minutes after being struck by Stewart’s car, with the cause of death listed as massive blunt force trauma.

The lawsuit does not specify the amount of damages the family is seeking in claims of wrongful death, reckless conduct, gross negligence and Ward’s suffering between the time he was struck and his death.

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