THE FAMILY OF ONE OF THREE PEOPLE KILLED DURING A LAKE COEUR D’ ALENE BOATING ACCIDENT LAST SUMMER HAS LAUNCHED A WRONGFUL DEATH LAW SUIT. THE CLAIM, FILED IN SPOKANE SUPERIOR COURT, ACCUSES ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE DENNIS MAGNER OF CAUSING THE FATAL COLLISION AND THEN LYING ABOUT THE CRASH TO INVESTIGATORS. KXLY FOUR’S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT WITH A LOOK AT HOW UNSAFE BOATING IS WASTING LIVES AND MONEY. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT LAW SUITS UNDERWAY INVOLVING ACCIDENTS ON LOCAL WATERWAYS WHERE SKIPPERS ARE ACCUSED OF NEGLIGENT OR UNSAFE BOATING. EVEN THOUGH ALL OF THE DEFENDANTS WERE JUST ENJOYING A DAY ON THE LAKE, THEY ENDED UP HURTING OR KILLING SOMEONE AND NOW FACE COSTLY LAW SUITS AS WELL. AD EXEC DENNIS MAGNER IS THE LATEST BOAT SKIPPER WHO MAY OWE A SMALL FORTUNE IN GENERAL AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES ALL BECAUSE HE APPARENTLY WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION WHILE DRIVING HIS BOAT ACROSS LAKE COEUR D’ ALENE. right now what we’re looking at is that it was a head on collision. the bows of both boats came into contact with each other THE LAWSUIT AGAINST MAGNER ALLEGES HIS MASTERCRAFT WAS UP ON PLANE WHEN IN PLOWED INTO A BOAT DRIFTING OFF OF ARROW POINT. JUSTIN LURH AND TWO OF HIS FRIENDS WERE THROWN INTO THE WATER BY THE IMPACT AND DROWNED. they weren’t out there paying attention worried they might run into somebody. again, it was after dark. they probably didn’t think anybody was on the water. but you still have to pay attention, especially after dark.07;30 JUSTIN LUHR LEFT BEHIND HIS WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS. THIS LAWSUIT INTENDED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMPENSATED FOR THEIR LOSS. the real tragedy is the children. we’ve got two little girls who are going to grown up with their dad and i think that’s a pretty big deal THE SUIT CLAIMS MAGNER FAILED TO YIELD TO A STATIONARY BOAT AS THE LAW REQUIRES. AND THEN ACCORDING TO DETECTIVES . LIED ABOUT WHO WAS DRIVING MAGNER’S MASTERCRAFT AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. not only did you make a mistake and were negligent and did some things you shouldn’t have done, but then, your weren’t accountable for it. you didn’t take responsibility AND THAT MAY HURT MAGNER’S CREDIBILITY IF HE EVER HAS TO TESTIFY BEFORE IN JURY IN THIS CASE… BUT NONE OF THIS HAD TO HAD TO HAPPEN. BOATS DON’T HAVE BRAKES AND MOST DON’T HAVE SEAT BELTS OR AIRBAGS. DRIVING AROUND A SIX THOUSAND POUND FLOATING BULLET IS A TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBLITY. AND IF THERE’S EVER A TIME YOU MIGHT WANT TO HAVE THAT LIFE JACKET ON. ITS WHEN YOU’RE ON THE WATER AT NIGHT. JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.