Settlement talks fail to reach an agreement in Stewart case

Resolution of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is still months away, if not longer.

A settlement conference with both parties that took place Friday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, New York, failed to settle the case, according to court documents.

Stewart, the Wards and attorneys for both sides met in person with Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks.

The settlement conference was scheduled after both parties received an email June 13 from Dancks about the possibility of a settlement conference, and they indicated two days later an interest, according to court records.

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.