UTICA, N.Y. (AP) – The family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart’s sprint car has apparently reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star.
According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, Judge David Hurd set an April 12 settlement hearing in Utica, New York.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in August 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after he exited his car following a crashed into the wall lining the dirt track in upstate New York following a bump from Stewart’s vehicle. Ward was walking in the direction of Stewart’s car when he was struck and killed by the veteran driver.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
The family claimed Stewart caused the collision by improperly maneuvering toward the victim after the race was placed under caution.
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