A civil lawsuit filed against former NASCAR star Tony Stewart will proceed. In a ruling announced Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge declared waivers signed by Kevin Ward, Junior prior to a 2014 race in Canandaigua do not protect Stewart from being sued for wrongful death.
During the race in August 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Stewart’s vehicle struck and killed the 20-year-old Ward, who got out of his car after it had spun into a wall when it was first struck by Stewart. Reports say Ward was yelling toward Stewart before the fatal collision.
Several weeks after the accident, an Ontario County grand jury cleared Stewart of wrongdoing because Ward had marijuana in his system when the crash happened.
Ward’s parents filed a lawsuit against Stewart in 2015. No trial date has been set.