By AMANDA VINCENT
The list of individuals each side wishes to depose in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the attorneys for the family of Kevin Ward Jr. against NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and team owner Tony Stewart have been made public via documents filed in federal court.
Ward died as a result of injuries sustained in an Empire Super Sprint Series race at Canadaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014, when he was struck by a car driven by Stewart. During a caution period, Ward exited his car and walked toward moving race cars on the dimly-lit track, including the race car being driven by Stewart. In September 2014, a grand jury ruled that Stewart would not face criminal charges, but Ward’s parents have since filed a wrongful death civil suit.
According to a report from Dustin Long for NBC Sports, attorneys for the Ward family want to depose Stewart, NASCAR crew chief Chad Johnston, Ontario County (N.Y.) Sherriff’s officers Brad Falkney and Michael Rego and investigator John Abraham. Johnson was Stewart’s crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series at the time of the incident, but he has since moved to Chip Ganassi Racing to work with Kyle Larson.
Meanwhile, Stewart’s attorneys wish to depose Ward’s parents, Pamela and Kevin Ward; Jessica Zemken and Chuck Hebing, drivers also competing in the race at Canadaigua; Kevin Loveys, Zemken’s crew chief in that race; and eyewitness Brian Ennis. It may be worth noting that Zemken is an ex-girlfriend of Stewart.
Stewart’s attorneys also requested a deadline extension, as Stewart continues to recover from back injuries sustained in an all-terrrain vehicle accident in January. The extension would push the deadline for all discovery in the case to Jan. 6, 2017, with motions needing to be filed by Feb. 8, 2017.
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