By AMANDA VINCENT
The wrongful death lawsuit filed againsed three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart by the family of Kevin Ward Jr. has been moved from New York state court to federal court, at the request of Stewart’s attorney, according to several reports, including a report from FOX Sports.
The Ward family filed the suit against Stewart on Aug. 7, two days prior to the one year anniversary of Wards death from injuries sustained when he was struck by Stewart’s sprint car during a race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. During a yellow flag, Ward climbed from his car and walked down the track toward race cars that were still in motion to express displeasure with Stewart.
The family filed the suit in New York court, accusing Stewart of gross negligence on the evening of Aug. 9, 2014. A specific sum seeked by the Wards has not been made public.
Stewart’s attorney requested the move on the basis that the Ward family resides in New York and Stewart in Indiana. US District Court Judge David Hurd will hear the case. Stewart has until Friday to file his response to the lawsuit, and an ititial scheduling conference is scheduled for Oct. 8, according to ESPN.com.
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