Boat crash lawsuit settled


COLUMBIA – A little over a year after a nighttime boat crash killed two Blythewood men on Lake Murray, the driver of one of the boats has settled two lawsuits that were filed against him that alleged wrongful death and carelessness.

David Bruce Dyer was driving the powerboat that collided with a bass boat near Dreher Island the night of April 21, 2017. The crash killed Danny Phillips, 37, and his longtime friend, Shawn Lanier, 28, who were in the bass boat when the crash occurred.


An injured passenger in the bass boat, Ashley Thomas Wannamaker, and his wife, filed a personal injury suit against Dyer soon after the collision. A few months later, Lanier’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Dyer, who is president of Dyer Toyota and whose name appears on several Midlands auto dealerships.

Richland County court records show that both cases were dismissed on Monday. According to court documents, the parties involved in the litigation settled their claims; however, the documents did not outline details of the settlement.

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