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Teen Severely Injured in Hit-and-Run Boat Crash in Cocoa Beach, Florida


July 09, 2020

COCOA BEACH, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that a boat struck and severely injured a fourteen-year-old girl this week in Cocoa Beach. The victim was swimming when the vessel reportedly struck her in the early afternoon.*

According to witnesses, the child was airlifted to the hospital under a trauma alert. The boat operator left the scene of the crash leading to officers searching for the individual who caused the serious crash. Police were able to identify the suspect later in the evening. Police have not yet determined what charges the person who struck the girl will be facing in relation to the crash but stated that the decision would be left to the State’s Attorney. 

In 2018, Florida had more deaths caused by boat accidents than any other state in the country. In total, 54 people were killed in boat incidents in the Sunshine State that year, far outpacing even the second-place state, Texas, where 35 people died. 

Sadly, the fatality rate, which is the number of deaths per registered boats, increased in 2019. The main cause of death in boat-related accidents is drowning. In fact, about two out of three fatal boating incidents are the result of the victim drowning. 

One of the main contributing factors in boat accidents is alcohol. While the majority of crashes fell into the “other” category, alcohol was the next highest, and drunk boat operators killed ten people in the state last year. Lack of attention, mechanical failures, inexperienced operators, and speeding were a few of the other causes of boat-related tragedies. 

When it comes to staying safe in any water-related activities, life jackets are a must. 

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Sources:

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/07/03/girl-struck-by-boat-in-cocoa-beach-hit-and-run-fwc-says/

https://myfwc.com/media/23514/2019-basr-fatalities.pdf

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/boating


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