Rescuers on the scene of the July 3 crash
between a powerboat and rescue vessel
on the Ohio River during the Madison
(Madison, Ind.) - A lawsuit has been filed against the Madison Regatta by two of the three people seriously hurt when a powerboat struck their rescue boat, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
The accident happened during a powerboat race on the Ohio River this past July 4th weekend. Driver Brian Perkins was participating in a race when he veered off course and struck the rescue vessel as he drove back to the course.
Volunteers Michael Brand and Angela Greenwell were both injured. Brand, 46, of Middletown, Ohio, suffered lacerations to his head as well as cracked ribs. Greenwell, 31, of Louisville, spent weeks in the hospital with a broken femur.
Their attorney, Robert D. Walker II, told the Courier-Journal that Greenwell has ongoing medical bills.
In the suit filed Wednesday in Jefferson County (Ky.) Circuit Court, plaintiffs claim the Regatta did not follow safety measures.
Named as defendants are Madison Regatta, Inc.; H1 Unlimited; American Power Boat Association; Perkins and his team; and Go Fast Turn Left LLC, the owner of the powerboat.
Walker did not tell the newspaper how much money in compensation his plaintiffs are seeking.
The third victim, Madison firefighter Chris Cutshall, 31, is being represented by a separate attorney.