Ward family files wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart
Wakins Glen, NY (WROC) - There is new information in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against NASCAR star Tony Stewart. This, almost a year to the day since he was accused of hitting a fellow driver, Kevin Ward, jr., during a race at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park
The suit was filed by Ward’s family.
Stewart has never been criminally charged for Ward’s death and was cleared by a grand jury back in September. The Ward family promised that the matter was not settled and they would pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.
Now they’re making good on that promise.
There is no dollar figure included in the lawsuit, which points out Stewart’s history of aggressive driving and anger issues. It’s noted that six other cars were able to pass by Ward without incident, while Kevin was standing on the track.
In addition, the lawsuit states that Stewart could have acted reasonably to avoid striking Ward on the track but instead acted “with disregard for Ward’s life and safety” by driving in a manner that would terrorize him thereafter… and thus killing him.
Stewart and NASCAR are back at Watkins Glen this weekend. Stewart addressed the incident earlier this week.
“I don’t think I will ever be the same from what happened the last two years. I don’t know how you ever could be,” said the NASCAR star. “I don’t know how anyone could be back to the exactly way they were, but not being back to the way I was doesnt mean I can’t be better in some ways. I think there’s always positive that come out of every scenario.”
The Ward family hopes that the lawsuit will hold Stewart responsible for killing their son and show him there are consequences when someone recklessly takes another person’s life.
The family has requested a jury trial. A civil court jury could find against Stewart if they believe any percentage of the accident was his fault.