Family settles fatal crash lawsuit

2012-12-22T10:00:00Z Family settles fatal crash lawsuitBy THE HERALD Chippewa Herald
December 22, 2012 10:00 am  • 

One of the lawsuits over a July 22, 2011 boat crash that killed four people on the Chippewa River in Lake Hallie has been settled.

The lawsuit had been brought by Heather Pohl, the widow of one of the men killed in the crash, and her two minor children.

A document dated Sept. 11 indicated that the lawsuit had been settled. Motions were filed this month to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the children in regards to the settled lawsuit.

Details of the settlement were not revealed in the court document.

The suit had been filed against Link Rec., Inc. and Robert Romanshek, and their respective insurance companies.

A deck boat with six people aboard slammed into a smaller speedboat carrying two people on the night of July 22, 2011. Three passengers on the larger boat were killed: Matthew Overhulser, 28, of Eau Claire; Luke Pohl, 25, of Elk River, Minn.; and Matthew Simonson, 28, of Brooklyn Park, Minn.

The driver of the smaller boat, Mark Michels, 50, of Eau Claire, was also killed.

Pohl had claimed in the suit, filed in January, that the collision was the result of negligence by both Michels and Romanshek, who were operating their respective boats, and that Michels at the time was operating under the scope of his employment with Link Rec., Inc.

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