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Lawyer calls Tony Stewart's response to lawsuit in death of racecar driver 'appalling'

  • FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Stewart says in court papers filed Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that he didn’t see fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. walking along the track before striking and killing him during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Stewart says in court papers filed Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that he didn’t see fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. walking along the track before striking and killing him during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Tony Stewart listens to a question in the garage area while waiting for his back-up car after hitting the wall at Pocono Raceway during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. The lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are "appalling. Attorney Mark Lanier said in an email Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, that five other cars drove around Kevin Ward, Jr., as he walked on the dirt race track during a yellow caution flag in August 2014, before Stewart "revved his engine and ran him over." (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Tony Stewart listens to a question in the garage area while waiting for his back-up car after hitting the wall at Pocono Raceway during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Long Pond, Pa. The lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are "appalling. Attorney Mark Lanier said in an email Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, that five other cars drove around Kevin Ward, Jr., as he walked on the dirt race track during a yellow caution flag in August 2014, before Stewart "revved his engine and ran him over." (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are "appalling."

Attorney Mark Lanier said in an email Saturday that Kevin Ward Jr. was killed last year as he walked on a dirt track in upstate New York even though Stewart is one of the world's best drivers.

The lawyer noted five other cars drove around Ward during a yellow caution flag before Stewart "revved his engine and ran him over."

Ward's family sued Stewart this month, accusing Stewart of gross negligence in the August 2014 accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart's lawyer said in court papers Friday that Ward died because he exited his car during the race.