The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred near Elliott Key on May 25. The crash resulted in one death and two injuries, and authorities believe alcohol was involved.
According to a representative of the FWC, a 23-foot boat hit a 36-foot anchored boat at about 10:30 p.m. The larger boat had its lights activated, warning other vehicles of the boat’s location. A couple who were sleeping on the 36-foot boat called emergency services after the crash after noticing that the occupants of the smaller boat were injured, according to reports.
The smaller boat was driven by a 45-year-old man and carried two additional passengers. One of the passengers, a 37-year-old woman was taken to Ryder Trauma Center and was pronounced dead. The second passenger, a man, suffered injury and was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center. A recent report suggested that the man was in fair condition. The couple on the 36-foot boat did not suffer injury in the collision.
The man driving the smaller boat suffered injuries, but before he was taken to the hospital, investigators took a blood sample so that they could test his blood alcohol content. Authorities suggested that based on evidence that they found at the scene of the accident, they had probable cause to take the sample without the man’s permission.
Boaters are under the same requirements to not drink and drive as other motorists and doing so negates the driver’s responsibility to other boaters. It also may interfere with the driver’s ability to navigate safely. When someone dies due to the apparent negligence of another person in an accident, his or her family may experience financial losses. A personal injury attorney may offer guidance and help while reviewing accident reports and accounts of the accident to see if negligence contributed to the crash. The attorney could also provide insight into filing a wrongful death suit in a civil court.
Source: CBS Miami, “Boating Collision Near Elliott Key Leaves One Dead, Two Injured“, Maggie Newland, May 26, 2014