Judge allows claims against Tony Stewart in wrongful death suit to move forward

A federal judge has decided each of the counts in a civil lawsuit filed by a Port Leyden family against former NASCAR star Tony Stewart for the death of Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014 can move forward, according to ESPN's Bob Pockrass.

Pockrass' report on ESPN says U.S. District Judge David Hurd ruled waivers signed by Ward before an Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9, 2014 do not protect Stewart from claims of wrongful death.

"Today the Court dispensed with all of Tony Stewart's grounds for dismissal … clearing the way for the Wards to present their case to a jury of their peers," Ward attorney Mark Lanier told ESPN. The ruling means a jury may end up decided if Stewart is liable for Ward's death.

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