The families of two Hungarian students killed two years ago when a tugboat-guided barge slammed into and sank their amphibious sightseeing boat in the Delaware River have settled their lawsuit for $15 million. The settlement came last month, just days into a federal wrongful-death trial that had been expected to last a month. Eighteen surviving passengers will share in an additional $2 million in the settlement, which was approved by a judge after two days of testimony.
The two victims — Szabolcs Prem, 20, and Dora Schwendtner, 16 — were part of a group visiting the U.S. through a church exchange program. They drowned when their amphibious sightseeing boat, called a duck boat, was slammed by the empty sludge barge and capsized on July 7, 2010. Robert J. Mongeluzzi, a lawyer with Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Benedesky, a Philadelphia firm, represented the families and did a very good job.
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