Mediation fails to settle Ward family’s lawsuit against Tony Stewart

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An eight-hour mediation session last week did not lead to a settlement of the lawsuit the family of Kevin Ward Jr. filed against Tony Stewart, a court document shows.

It was the second eight-hour mediation session. The first was held April 18.

With no settlement, the suit will continue as scheduled. A motion on Stewart’s behalf for partial summary judgement will be heard June 23 at U.S. District Court in Utica, New York.

The Ward family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Aug. 7, 2015. Ward died Aug. 9, 2014, after he was struck by Stewart’s car during an Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York.

Ward had exited his car and walked down the track toward Stewart’s car before he was struck. Stewart said he didn’t see Ward in time to avoid hitting him. A grand jury ruled Sept., 24, 2014, that Stewart would not face criminal charges.

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