Third family of a Lake Coeur d'Alene boat crash victim files wrongful death suit

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho --- The family of Justin Honken, who died in a Lake Coeur d’Alene boat crash last year, has filed a lawsuit against the man who allegedly caused the crash.

Dennis Magner was driving his boat when he struck a parked boat that had three people on board, according to authorities. Justin Honken, Justin Luhr and Caitlin Breeze lost their lives in the crash. Their bodies were found later by a dive and sonar team.

The families of Justin Luhr and Caitlin Breeze both already filed civil lawsuits against Magner.

All three lawsuits claim Magner was operating the boat at dangerous levels and that led to the crash on the lake. Honken’s family had previously said they were waiting for criminal charges to be filed until they decide to take legal action. At last check, Magner was still not facing any criminal charges, though no one from Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office or Prosecutor’s Office was immediately available to confirm that was still the case.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said back in February, Magner and three of his passengers initially provided false information about who was driving the boat at the time of the crash. When it became public knowledge that three people were presumed drowned, some of those passengers recanted their stories and said Magner had been driving at the time of the crash, according to deputies.

© 2017 KREM-TV


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