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Family agrees to mediation in BIA drunk driving suit

The family of a Nebraska coupled killed in a drunk driving crash involving an ex-Bureau of Indian Affairs employee agreed to mediate the damage award.

A federal judge said the BIA was liable for 40 percent of any award because the agency knew, or should have known, that ex-employee Lloyd Larson had a drinking problem.

Larson, an employee of the BIA's Navajo region, was driving a government vehicle when he hit and killed two Nebraska couples. His blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limits.

The family of Edward and Alice Ramaekers sued in federal court in New Mexico. The family of Larry and Rita Beller settled for $2 million.

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Mediation Sought in DWI Suit Against BIA (AP 4/22)

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