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Soldotna mother sues Kenai woman over son's ATV death

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

KENAI - A Soldotna mother has filed a lawsuit against a Kenai woman over the death last year of the plaintiff's teenage son.

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Nicole Hollenberg alleges 29-year-old Melody Luze gave alcohol to 16-year-old Holden Hollenberg before his fatal four-wheeler accident.

Holden Hollenberg died July 7 after his vehicle crashed into a gate on a gravel utility access road in Kenai. Holden and a companion already had driven around one gate blocking access on the gravel road and were approaching a second when Holden accelerated and crashed into the second gate.

In her civil complaint, Nicole Hollenberg alleges Luze regularly held parties where she encouraged Holden and other minors to drink alcohol, including the night Holden died.

Luze denied the allegations.

Nicole Hollenberg is seeking more than $50,000 for the loss of her son and $50,000 in punitive damages. She also is seeking $50,000 from the city of Kenai on grounds the road should have been better marked.



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