Mediation fails again in Ward wrongful death lawsuit

A second attempt at mediating a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has failed.

Court documents show that both parties participated in a mandatory mediation session June 6 before Judge Glenn Norton, but that no resolution was reached to settle the case. Both parties previously participated in a mediation session April 18 before Norton, which also did not result in an agreement.

Mediation is considered complete, according to court documents.

The next step is a hearing on a motion by Stewart to dismiss multiple claims in the wrongful death lawsuit, which will come before Judge David N. Hurd at 10 a.m. June 23 in United States District Court in Utica, New York.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.