All civil lawsuits involving the pleasure craft that struck a construction barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge north of Manhattan will be heard in federal court, a judge decided last week.
U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seidel signed an order consolidating all claims and future lawsuits involving the two deaths and four injuries before a federal judge.
Four lawsuits already have been filed in state Supreme Court involving the boat crash killing bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart and her fiance’s best man, Mark Lennon, on July 26. Four others were injured in the nighttime crash. The lawsuits were filed by the estates of Stewart and Lennon and two injured friends against the builders of the new bridge, the owners of the barges, and Jojo John of Nyack and John Amendola, who own the boat involved in the accident.