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Settlement Reached in Van Crash Lawsuit

October 21, 2004

MADISON, Wis. A settlement was reached Wednesday in a deadly van crash in 1999 that killed seven members of a magazine sales crew in Wisconsin, according to an Associated Press report. Attorneys announced that the families of the deceased will share in a $1.85 million settlement, which includes compensation for four other workers badly hurt in the accident.The lawsuit alleged the magazine sellers' employers, Youth Employment Services and Subscriptions Plus, were responsible for the accident. The settlement includes payments from the companies' insurance carriers and Karleen Hillary, owner of Subscriptions Plus.The crash occurred as the driver attempted to switch places with another occupant while traveling about 80 mph. The driver, Jeremy Holmes, was sentenced to a seven-year prison term on charges of vehicular homicide. Choan Lane, 36, manager for Y.E.S. at that time, was sentenced to two years in prison and 19 months in jail on various charges.In June 2000, Y.E.S was convicted of seven counts of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle and ordered to pay fines of $132,000 and restitution to the victims of the crash and their families, according to the report. YES has since changed its name to Atlantic Coast.
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