- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) - The only survivor on the bass boat in last month’s boat collision on Lake Murray in South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the powerboat’s driver.

The State reports that attorney Lisa McPherson filed the civil suit this week on behalf of Ashley Thomas Wannamaker against David Bruce Dyer.

The lawsuit says Dyer’s “negligent actions, omissions, and operation” of the boat caused the April 21 crash, which injured Wannamaker and killed 37-year-old Mark Daniel Phillips and 28-year-old Christopher Shawn Lanier. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Capt. Robert McCullough says Dyer admitted to using alcohol before the crash, but passed a field sobriety test.

The crash remains under investigation. McCullough says the department expects to decide early next week if criminal charges will be brought.

Dyer did not return requests for comment.


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