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Tony Stewart Sued Over 2014 Racing Death

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/9/2015 Jake Holmes

The family of Kevin Ward, Jr. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Last August, Stewart's race car hit and killed Ward at an Empire Super Sprint Series race when Ward got out of his car during a caution lap and ran toward Stewart's car.

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The Lanier Law Firm, which will represent Ward's family, alleges that Stewart deliberately crashed into Ward's car and pushed it into the wall. During the subsequent caution laps, the lawsuit alleges that, “Mr. Stewart then gunned his accelerator and ran over Mr. Ward.” Ward's family has asked for a jury trial and accuses Stewart of causing wrongful death “with wanton, reckless, and malicious intent and negligence.”

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A grand jury in Ontario County, New York, where the race took place, previously declined to charge Tony Stewart in Ward's death. The County District Attorney said in September 2014 that after reviewing photographs and videos from the crash scene, as well as interviews with witnesses, “the grand jury has determined there is no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes.”

Stewart has not responded to the new lawsuit. In September, after the grand jury's decision, he issued a statement saying that he respected the grand jury's investigation into the accident, and expressed his condolences to Ward's family: “While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward, Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”

Source: The Lanier Law Firm

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