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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, family of Kevin Ward Jr. reach settlement in lawsuit

Former NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart and the family of a 20-year-old amateur racer who he hit and killed at a race in Upstate New York have reached a settlement, according to court documents.

Stewart, a retired 3-time stock car champion, struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Ward's family sued Stewart and the lawsuit was set to go to trial May 7. But court papers filed Monday show a settlement is pending.

U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd has scheduled a hearing to discuss the settlement for 2 p.m. April 12 in Utica. Ward's family, Stewart and their lawyers must attend the hearing to finalize the settlement, according to court papers.

In December, Hurd ruled Ward's family could move forward with their claims against Stewart. At the time, the judge said there was enough evidence — a video and witness testimony — to allow a jury to consider the family's claims.

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