A hearing next week on a motion by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart to dismiss multiple claims against him in a wrongful death lawsuit has been rescheduled for the summer.
Stewart, 45, of Columbus, has asked that claims of wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering and terror be dismissed in the lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr., 20. If granted, only an intentional/reckless conduct claim would remain.
Stewart and Ward competed in an Empire Super Sprints race Aug. 9, 2014 at Canandaigua (New York) Motorsports Park, where Stewart’s car struck and killed Ward. Kevin Ward Sr. and Pam Ward filed the lawsuit and blame Stewart for their son’s death.
The hearing on Stewart’s motion to dismiss had been set for 10 a.m. Friday, but Judge David N. Hurd rescheduled it for 10 a.m. June 23 in United States District Court in Utica, New York, according to court documents.