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Tragic Vanderbilt Beach Boating Hit-and-Run Crash Leaves One Dead

March 21, 2020

VANDERBILT BEACH, FL- writes that a 75-year-old man from Ohio was arrested this week for his role in a boating crash that killed a 57-year-old swimmer. The incident occurred near the Delnor-Wiggins Pass Park in North Naples. The report indicates that the suspect and his brother were boating when they struck the victim. The two men are believed to have known that they hit a person, and yet they fled the scene on their vessel.*

Police stated that the suspect threw the victim a floatation device, then left. Witnesses provided the police with photographs of the boat and the suspects on board. The police found the boat a short while after the crash and saw human remains on the vessel, therefore, connecting it to the fatal crash. 

The suspect is now facing charges for his role in the tragic incident. 

Boating is a popular recreational activity in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, when boat operators lack the experience to operate a vessel or do not exercise caution while boating, they put themselves and others at risk. 

Florida is the number one state when it comes to boating-related fatalities. In 2017, 66 people died in boating incidents in the Sunshine State. The next highest state was Texas, with 63 deaths, followed by California with 50. The most likely cause of death in boat incidents is drowning. Falls overboard cause many of these incidents, and about 34 percent of deaths involved in trauma. The operators of the vessels involved tend to be men, and are most likely to be over the age of 51. 

Close to one out of every five deaths involved alcohol or drug use. Eight out of ten victims were not using a personal flotation device at the time of the crash.

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