Iowa Officials OK Settlement in Boating Death Lwsuit

August 27, 2012

Iowa officials have approved its part of $1.1 million settlement to the family of a Nebraska boy who died in a boating accident in 2010.

The Sioux City Journal says the payment will settle a federal lawsuit filed after the death of 10-year-old David McFarlin, of South Sioux City, Neb. He died when the boat he was riding in hit a submerged dredging pipe in Storm Lake, Iowa. The outboard motor flipped into the boat and hit the boy.

The City Council this week approved an agreement in which the city, Buena Vista County and the Lake Improvement Commission would pay a combined $800,000. The driver of the boat will pay about $100,000 and Brunswick Boats will pay $30,000.

David’s mother, Jamie Laass, filed the lawsuit, claiming negligence.

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