Duck Boat Accident
The lawyer for those killed released the October 2011 deposition of Matthew Devlin — a tugboat first mate, who left his post as the pilot — in the midst of a personal crisis.
“These are modest people, working people from Hungary,” says Robert Mongeluzzi, who represents the families of the victims. “They’re not asking for some fancy memorial. They’re asking for a simple bench in memory of their children.”
A $17 million settlement has been reached in the wrongful death case of two Hungarian students killed in a duck boat collision in Philadelphia.
After settlement negotiations ended Tuesday night, the families of the Duck Boat crash victims spoke through their translator, continuing their push for justice and demanding the two boat operators apologize for the deaths of their children.
In the midst of the second day of testimony, Judge Thomas O’Neill suggested that all parties in the case meet with another federal judge to engage in settlement discussions. Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi (photo) represents two victims who died in the 2010 crash.
Kevin Grace, a visitor from Illinois, was one of the passengers on ill-fated duck boat 34 that afternoon in July of 2010 as a sludge barge being pushed by a tugboat bore down on the amphibious tour vehicle. Two other passengers were killed.
Attorneys for two Hungarian students who died when a tugboat and a barge slammed into the disabled duckboat on which they were riding have released new video showing what they say are disturbing new details of the deadly crash of July 2010.
The attorney representing the tugboat pilot pleading guilty in the fatal duck boat crash says he will ask the judge to spare his client jail time because of the circumstances that led to the accident.
US prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a tug pilot with involuntary manslaughter in a deadly crash last summer between a barge and a duck boat that killed two Hungarian students, and he has agreed to plead guilty.
The company that operates Philadelphia’s amphibious “duck boat” tours has announced that it will halt service for one day, July 7th, to mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly accident in which two Hungarian tourists riding in a duck boat on the Delaware River lost their lives.
Nearly a year after the deadly collision involving a barge and a tour boat along the Delaware River near Penn’s Landing, the National Transportation and Safety Board determines probable cause and releases safety recommendations.
Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi says that Hunganian students Dawn Schwendtner and Szabolcs Prem would be alive today were it not for the negligence of “Ride the Ducks” and tugboat operator K-Sea Partnerships.
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