Jury Awards $123 Million to Ride the Ducks Crash Victims

Photo: Karen Koehler on left, Andrew Ackley on right. Taken by Ellen M. Banner, Seattle Times.

By Christine Clarridge

Seattle Times Staff Reporter

February 7, 2019

A King County jury on Thursday awarded about $123 million to the victims and their families in the 2015 Ride the Ducks crash that killed five people and injured more than 60 others.

The jury determined after a four-month civil trial that Ride the Ducks International — the Branson, Missouri-based manufacturer of the Duck amphibious vehicle — bore 67 to 70 percent of the responsibility for the crash. The jury also found that Ride the Ducks of Seattle, which operated the tour vehicle, was 30 to 33 percent at fault.