The family of Kevin Ward Jr. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart, Syracuse.com reports. Ward was killed when he exited his car and was hit by Stewart during a night race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August of last year.
As the widely viewed video of the incident shows, Ward attempted to angrily confront Stewart after the veteran racing driver made contact with him and sent his car into the outside wall. Ward, wearing a black race suit and a black helmet, approached Stewart’s moving sprint car before being hit by the right rear tire. The Ward family’s lawsuit, filed in the 5th Judicial District for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, alleges Stewart purposely sped up in order to hit Ward when he saw him on the track.
“As Stewart’s car approached Ward, who was standing on the track, Stewart climbed up, gunned his engine, causing his 700 horsepower vehicle to slide and strike Ward with his right rear tire, crushing Ward and flinging his body an estimated 25 feet down the track,” the lawsuit states.
“Our hope is that this lawsuit will hold Tony Stewart responsible for killing our son and show him there are real consequences when someone recklessly takes another person’s life.”
The Ward family and their attorneys have declined to comment on the lawsuit. Stewart-Haas racing, the racing outfit that Stewart co-owns, has also said it will not comment on the matter. It’s not clear how much compensation the Ward family is seeking in the suit, however NY law dictates that it may only collect for the potential earnings Ward Jr. would have generated.