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Wisconsin School Settles Windsurfer Death Lawsuit For $850K

The University of Wisconsin-Madison settled a lawsuit by the family of a windsurfer killed in a collision with a university boat. The University of Wisconsin-Madison settled a lawsuit by the family of a windsurfer killed in a collision with a university boat. |  Photo: WDIO

Associated Press
Created: November 07, 2019 10:05 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has settled a lawsuit by the family of a windsurfer killed in a collision with a university boat.
    
The school has agreed to pay Yu Chen's family $850,000. Chen was windsurfing on Lake Mendota in May 2017 when he was struck by a UW Lake Safety boat. The 43-year-old senior medical physicist died of injuries from the boat's propeller.
    
The State Journal says Chen's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and four of its employees.
    
The family's attorney, Jay Urban, says the university did the right thing by settling the lawsuit.
    
UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas says reaching a resolution is in everyone's interest and will allow those involved to move forward. No criminal charges were filed in the case.

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