Jury orders man to pay damages in triple-fatal boat crash

Published 10-31-2018

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Washington man found not guilty of three counts of involuntary manslaughter in a criminal trial following a boating crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho has been ordered to pay $180,000 in a civil case.

A jury on Monday determined Dennis Magner of Spokane, Washington, is 30 percent responsible for the crash.

The July 2016 nighttime collision killed 34-year-old Justin Luhr of Medical Lake, Washington; 21-year-old Justin Honken of Post Falls, Idaho; and 21-year-old Caitlin Breeze of Spokane.

The jury determined Luhr was 70 percent responsible for the crash for operating his boat without navigation lights.

The jury said Breeze's family sustained $300,000 in damages, and Honken's parents each sustained $150,000 in damages. Because the jurors determined Magner was 30 percent responsible, he was directed to pay $90,000 to each family.

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This story has been updated to correct the amount of damages awarded to the victim's families.

This story has been updated to correct the amount of damages awarded to the victim's families.

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