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Boater seeks lawsuit protection in fatal crash

A man accused of killing two friends when he crashed a boat into a barge on New York’s Hudson River while drunk has asked a federal court to exonerate him or limit his financial responsibility for their deaths.

Jojo John's civil lawyer argues in court papers that despite accusations that he was drunk, he was not responsible for crashing the 19-foot pleasure boat into a construction barge. The boat's co-owner, Anthony Amendola, who was not on the vessel, also is seeking the same relief from a U.S. District Court judge, according to a report by USA Today.

The legal action claims mooring buoys, to which the three construction barges were tied, were unlit or improperly lit, and that John and his five passengers could not see them in the river near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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