(Madison, Ind.) - A car crash that injured several people at the Madison Regatta in 2006 is not the fault of the regatta’s organizers.
That’s what the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. In their ruling, judges said the organizers could not have foreseen the horrific accident, the Associated Press reports.
Then 18-year-old Michael Bowen was high, drunk, and driving when he plowed through a crowd at the popular watersports event on the Ohio River, critically injuring two people.
One the victims filed suit in 2008, claiming the festival failed to have proper safety precautions. The plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeals after a lower court had already dismissed the suit.
Bowen, who pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges of Criminal Recklessness and Driving Under the Influence, served one year in prison.