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Deadly Boat Crash Leads to an Arrest in West Miami-Dade, Florida (FL)


May 20, 2020

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FL- Wsvn.com writes that a boat crash took place in Miami-Dade that killed a 28-year-old man. The incident occurred close to Star Island when a man ran his vessel into another boat, causing the victim to be ejected. Another woman on the same boat as the victim was also injured in the crash.*

Following the wreck, the boat operator who caused the crash fled and headed to a condominium complex located nearby. The victim and a friend were heading home to an area near Palm Island when their vessel was struck. The person who struck the victim’s boat was later identified as a 32-year-old man. Police have now charged the man with manslaughter, boating under the influence, failure to render aid, and leaving the scene of an accident. At the time of the crash, he was on a felony bond for an earlier DUI with a serious injury. The man is now being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. 

Alcohol is a major factor in many boating accidents around the nation. In fact, either alcohol or drugs play a role in about 50 percent of all boat accidents. Every year, about 800 people die in boating incidents, and drugs and alcohol play a role in many of these tragedies. 

Alcohol impairs a person’s balance and reaction time, as well as their judgment. Drinking while boating creates serious dangers, especially because boat stressors already impact a person’s functions. The sun, glare, noise, wind, and vibrations on a boat can lead to slower reaction time even in the absence of alcohol or drugs. By drinking, the effects of boating stressors become exacerbated. Drunk boating is also illegal and comes with hefty fines and other legal penalties. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://wsvn.com/news/local/authorities-arrest-man-in-connection-to-fatal-miami-beach-boating-crash/

https://www.boatus.org/study-guide/planning/bui/


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