The two parties appeared in court today
The hearing was scheduled to officially reach a settlement and closure in the civil lawsuit. The two parties stated that they had agreed to a settlement figure.
However, U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd did not dismiss the case just yet. He stated that he wanted a copy of the settlement filed with the courts.
The judge stated that once the terms were in writing and in the hands of the court, he would dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit.
The judge also stated that there will be “no limitation” to what either party can say about the incident. In similar cases, parties tend to agree to a non-disclosure agreement. Meaning they aren’t allowed to talk about the parties involved beyond the close date or talk about settlement amounts. In this particular case, it will not be allowed.
This lawsuit stems from an incident at a New York dirt track in 2014. Kevin Ward and Tony Stewart were racing side-by-side when Ward found himself parked near the outside wall at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
The caution flag was thrown. As Stewart came back around under caution, Ward walked down the track to show his displeasure. Ward was stuck by Stewart’s sprint car and died at the scene.
The incident took place on August 9th, 2014. The two dirt racers were competing in the Empire Super Sprints Series.
This case was originally scheduled to head to trial on May 7, 2018. Settlement and dismissal of the case prevents the case from reaching it’s trial date.
It’s over, in the terms of the two parties involved. The only thing left is for them to file the paperwork.
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