DNR Settles With Teen's Family In Boat Ramp Death

Judge Approves Settlement Years After Teen Drove Into Lake

A judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of an Indiana teenager who drowned after driving down a boat ramp into a state reservoir.

The settlement involving 17-year-old Trey Kidwell's 2007 death in Brookville Lake came only days before the civil case was set to go to trial in southeastern Indiana's Union County.

The settlement approved by a special judge calls for the Centerville teen's parents to get more than $90,000 each from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Kidwell's parents argued that the ramp and the road leading to the lake 35 miles northwest of Cincinnati was improperly marked and lit, leading to their son's June 2007 death.

A 16-year-old passenger in the car was able to get out before it went under.

Police said the boys became lost and disoriented as they drove around the lake in darkness.