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Settlement reached in boating crash on Chippewa River


Chippewa County (WQOW) - A settlement of nearly $1.3 million has been reached for the family of one of four men who died in a boat crash on the Chippewa River.

WQOW News 18 has details on the settlement involving the crash that killed three members of a wedding party.    

A judge is expected to approve the settlement Friday for Heather Pohl. Her husband, Luke, died in the crash.  Much of the settlement will pay for legal fees.

The settlement is part of an agreement reached with the insurance companies for the two boat drivers and Link Rec, which owned one of the boats. The insurance companies agreed to put the maximum policy benefits, totaling $3.5 million, into a pool to be divided among those who filed lawsuits.

That agreement calls for Taira Overhulser to also receive nearly $1.3 million. Her husband Matt also died in the crash.

Investigators say boat driver Robert Romanshek, who survived the crash, and Mark Michels, who died, were both intoxicated and speeding when their boats collided. Three people who survived the crash and relatives of those who died including the son of Michels would receive settlements ranging from $117,000 to $345,000. Those agreements have yet to be finalized in court.

Robert Romanshek was ticketed for operating a boat while intoxicated. The Chippewa County district attorney has yet to decide whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.

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