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$1.2M Settlement for Family of Racine Woman Killed in '08 Crash


RACINE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A judge has approved a $1.2 million settlement in a wrongful death suit from the relatives of a Racine woman killed in a 2008 helicopter crash. The suit was filed a year ago by the family of 45-year-old Joan Anzalone – including her 3 kids.

She died when a chopper flown by 54-year-old Alan Sapko slammed into a house in Kenosha. Sapko was also killed, and the plane was destroyed by fire. Amazingly, all of the 5 people inside the home didn’t even get a scratch. It happened on a foggy early morning in September of ’08, as Sapko and Anzalone were returning from a concert and a night of gambling near Chicago.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash was Sapko’s fault, because he failed to maintain a proper altitude. A flight instructor told authorities that Sapko was having engine trouble with the chopper 3 months before the fatal crash.