Passengers Hurt In Ferry Crash To Get $5M

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

Three passengers injured when a commuter ferry crashed into a lower Manhattan pier in 2013 have recently settled lawsuits for a total of nearly $6 million, including $5 million for a passenger who suffered brain injuries.

More than 80 people were injured on Jan. 9, 2013 when the Wall Street-bound Seastreak crashed into a dock near the South Street Seaport, sending people tumbling down stairs and into walls.

One of those injured was John Urbanowicz, who recently settled his case for $5 million. According to court filings, Urbanowicz, 43, suffered a skull fracture and brain injuries and underwent multiple surgeries.

Samantha Bremekamp, who suffered back and brain injuries and had spine fusion surgery, will receive $560,000, while Richard Diver will receive $325,000 for a concussion and back injuries that required spine fusion surgery.

About a dozen plaintiffs still have claims pending. Many of the claims already settled involved less serious injuries and were settled for amounts less than $100,000.