A federal judge says the sons of Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue were not responsible for a boating accident on the Trent River in 2003.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge W. Earl Britt blamed the crash on the other boater, Phillip Amerson, who had no lights illuminating his boat when he was struck by the boat of Emmett and Garrett Perdue.
The judge says Amerson saw the other boat but did nothing to avoid the collision. Amerson will now have to pay the medical bills for three women injured in the collision.
Beverly Perdue is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
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