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Settlement Reached In Lawsuits After Two Washington Women Killed In Crash

Last updated on Monday, September 10, 2018

(EVANSVILLE) - A settlement has been reached in lawsuits filed after a rollover crash happened on a southwestern Indiana freeway killing two Haitian immigrants from Washington in 2015 and injuring 20 others.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Friday that settlement terms were not made public.

Attorney Neil Chapman, who represents the estate of 29-year-old Christela Georges and an injured passenger, tells the newspaper that the settlement was reached "to the mutual satisfaction of the parties."

Authorities said the 16-passenger van was loaded with 24 people when it blew a tire and overturned on Interstate 69 in Gibson County on September 24, 2015. Georges and 60-year-old Gena Moise were killed in the crash.

The overcrowded bus with bad tires and wooden benches for seats was traveling from Washington to Evansville transporting mainly passengers of Haitian descent to a factory to work.

The driver of the van, James Allen, of Washington, was sentenced last year after pleading guilty to operating while intoxicated causing death. He pleaded guilty to nine felonies and one misdemeanor. Police say he was driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Lawsuit defendants included the van's owner, his son, the makers of the van's tires and the immigrants' employers.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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