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August 13, 2013

Daughter of boater killed by TVA line files father’s will

— The daughter of an Athens man killed two weeks ago in a collision with a TVA power line has filed her father’s last will and testament in Limestone County Probate Court.

Julie Brown, daughter of 65-year-old Anthony J. Szozda, filed the document Monday morning.

Probate Judge Charles Woodroof scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. Sept. 3, at which time unknown relatives may contest the will, records show.

Brown’s attorney, John Plunk of Athens, has placed a legal advertisement with The News Courier in an attempt to identify any and all unknown heirs of Szozda.

Szozda was killed July 30 while riding in a fishing boat on the Tennessee River near Ingalls Harbor in Decatur. A power line under repair by the Tennessee Valley Authority was being raised across the water when the fishing boat struck the line, causing fatal wounds to Szozda’s head and neck.

According to a report filed by the Alabama Marine Police, the boat operator told officers there was nothing blocking or marking the river at the time of the accident and the power line was not flagged or marked.

As a result of the accident, TVA will review its safety procedures.

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