The wrongful death lawsuit filed against Tony Stewart by the family of late Sprint Car racer Kevin Ward Jr. has been moved from New York state court to federal court, Motorsport.com reports. The Ward family first filed the civil suit against Stewart earlier this month in the Fifth Judicial District for the Supreme Court of New York in Lowville, N.Y.
Ward was killed in early August of 2014 when he exited his Sprint Car to confront Tony Stewart during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Canandaigua, New York. The right-rear tire of Stewart’s car struck Ward, throwing him 25 feet down the track.
The Ward family’s suit states that Stewart “climbed up (the track), 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.”
“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.”
Stewart-Haas racing, the racing outfit Stewart co-owns and races for, and Stewart himself have yet to comment on the wrongful death suit.