Joe Hardy to pay $200K in lawsuit over crash

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Joe Hardy, the millionaire founder of 84 Lumber, has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle claims against himself and his daughter stemming from a drunken driving crash that killed a teen worker at his posh southwestern Pennsylvania resort.

According to Fayette County Court documents, claims against the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort will continue even if a judge approves the offer by Hardy and his daughter, Paige, who was 15 when she allegedly hosted a party at which teens were served alcohol.

Daniel and Tricia Nelson, of Chalk Hill, sued the Hardys, the resort, and the teen driver who crashed on a resort road after drinking with their son and others at the party in September 2011.

The Hardys aren’t admitting wrongdoing in the settlement. Their attorney, M. Scott Gemberling, declined comment Wednesday, saying the settlement is confidential.

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