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Tony Stewart settles suit over death of fellow driver during 2014 race

Kevin Ward Jr., left, in a June 2014 photo, and Tony Stewart, in an August 2014 photo

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UTICA, N.Y. -- The family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car has apparently reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star.

According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, Judge David Hurd set an April 12 settlement hearing in Utica, New York.

Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in August 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after he exited his car following a crash into the wall lining the dirt track in upstate New York, following a bump from Stewart's vehicle. Ward was walking in the direction of Stewart's car when he was struck and killed by the veteran driver.

The family claimed Stewart caused the collision by improperly maneuvering toward the victim after the race was placed under caution.

A trial had been scheduled to begin May 7.