The parents of Kevin Ward Jr. have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against former NASCAR star Tony Stewart for his role in the death of their son in 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Minor stipulations remain to be settled and details of the agreement were not divulged at Thursday’s hearing in a Utica federal courtroom before Judge David Hurd. A jury trial had been set to begin May 7th.
The 20-year-old Ward was killed during a sprint car race after he spun and crashed after making contact with Stewart’s car. Ward climbed out of the open-wheel car while the race was under caution and began walking down the dimly lit track in an apparent attempt to confront the NASCAR champion that was in the area for that weekend’s race at Watkins Glen International. One race car appeared to swerve to avoid Ward, but he was struck by the back right tire of Stewart’s car and died of blunt force trauma.
An Ontario County grand jury decided against bringing criminal charges against Stewart.