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August 17, 2012
A 53-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio, man was in court Wednesday for a boat accident last summer that killed one man and injured a woman. NBC 4 News stated that the incident occurred on June 9 2011 on the Ohio River.
The man was driving a boat under the influence of alcohol when he collided with another vessel. The impact of the Ohio boat accident caused the watercraft to strike the head of the man captaining the second vessel. He died two days later at a local hospital after succumbing to his injuries. A woman on board also suffered a broken back.
Following the crash, the man docked his boat and fled the scene on foot. Police later arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence after finding alcohol aboard his boat. Upon processing, it was also determined the man had six previous DUI charges on his record.
He now faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of failure to stop after an accident, and single counts of aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, as well as operating a vessel in a low speed area. If convicted on all charges, the man could face 23 years in prison.
This is why the Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy say it’s important to never drink if you’re driving a boat. Also, always wear a life preserver when on the water.
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