Boersen Farms reaches $3M deal in deadly I-94 crash

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PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Relatives of two people killed when a set of semi-truck tires hit their car on I-94 have agreed to a $3 million settlement with the semi-truck’s owner.

According to federal court documents filed this week, Boersen Farms has reached a deal with the family of 34-year-old Michael Ditewig of Chicago and his mother-in-law, 67-year-old Rebecca Avery of Glenview, Illinois.

The May 2015 crash happened on I-94 near Portage Road in Portage. Police say dual tires fell off a westbound semi-truck and bounced over the median, hitting a Honda Accord carrying three people.

A court filing stated the 600-pound wheel assembly crushed a portion of the car. Rebecca Avery died at the scene from traumatic injuries; her son-in-law died at a hospital a day later.

The lone survivor was Cynthia Avery, who the daughter and wife of the victims. The court filing says she was pregnant at the time of the crash, and has since given birth to their son.

If the settlement is approved by the court, most of the cost will be covered by Boersen Farms’ insurance company.

Boersen Farms was previously sued for nearly $150 million in unpaid bills. The company began settling with creditors late last year and a new company has since agreed to take on the farm’s unpaid loan.

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