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Boating related article in the Cecil Whig today, seems the operator of a boat who (somehow) HIT a jetski last year is being charged.

With all due respect to the deceased, and not having personally saw the accident occur,...... I'm confused.

The article reads (direct quote): "Szewaczak was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital after her personal water craft collided with a 42 foot motor vessel on the Elk River near Town Point according to police"

Beginning of the article explains how the operator of the boat was charged with several counts including two alcohol related homicide counts and three additional offenses.

I know when you mention alcohol in an accident, all bets are pretty much off. But, my question is (since the newspaper didn't address it) is, how does a 42' "vessel" collide with a PWC? Seems to me, if it was a clear cut case of the larger boat crashing into the PWC and it's operator, they would report it THAT way. "Collided with" tends to lead the reader to believe the jetski hit the boat?

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The Jet ski hit the Fountain in the side if it's the accident off the Bohemia River last year :rolleyes:
 

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Article claims near "Town Point" which is basically a peninsula area of Chesapeake City at the mouth of the Bohemia.
 

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To my knowledge once they charge you with Drinking and boating or drinking and driving your at fault no matter what...

I might be wrong..
 

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I've been on the Cecil County grand jury. It is basically just a rubber stamping session for whatever the States Attorney wants to cram through without the burden of an arrest warrant, probably cause and all that pesky JUSTICE non-sense :rolleyes:

Myself and two others were the only ones out of 21 people that even so much as asked any questions about the cases presented (this was about three years ago). Literally EVERY single case ended in indictment, NONE were rejected.

Again, no disrespect to any family or friends of the girl, no none wants an accident. This just sounds fishy to me.
 

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revx440 said:
To my knowledge once they charge you with Drinking and boating or drinking and driving your at fault no matter what...

I might be wrong..
Depends, we have a judge here who sees that very differently.

His name is Dexter Thompson, twice now he has thrown out cases of DUI with interesting circumstances.

1) Guy with a girl on the back of a motorcycle has to make an evasive action to avoid hitting another car who pulled out in front of him (by three separate independent witnesses account). The woman on the back is thrown from the bike, hits curb, brain damaged, in nursing home. Sad story for sure, but according to the JUDGE, alcohol wasn't a factor. (at least, THE factor).
2) Guy hits a HORSE in the roadway, up here in my neck of the woods. Same judge, determines that under NO circumstance should livestock be left to roam out onto public roads. Guy gets his medical bills paid by the owners of the loose horse, DUI is dropped.


So, do I agree with "drunk" boating, NO, absolutely not. But, how many people do we know that have NOT almost collided with people on PWC's? 80% of the operators of these things just have absolutely NO business being out there at all.
 

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Even though the Fountain would have had the right of way , I believe alcohol trumps that :(
 

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Keep in mind these days just having alcohol on the boat will
most likely get you an "alcohol related" charge..
We get closer and closer to a police state everyday and noone seems to care until one day its too late.
 

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Keep in mind these days just having alcohol on the boat will
most likely get you an "alcohol related" charge..
We get closer and closer to a police state everyday and noone seems to care until one day its too late.
Exactly right!
 

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Boating related article in the Cecil Whig today, seems the operator of a boat who (somehow) HIT a jetski last year is being charged.

With all due respect to the deceased, and not having personally saw the accident occur,...... I'm confused.

The article reads (direct quote): "Szewaczak was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital after her personal water craft collided with a 42 foot motor vessel on the Elk River near Town Point according to police"

Beginning of the article explains how the operator of the boat was charged with several counts including two alcohol related homicide counts and three additional offenses.

I know when you mention alcohol in an accident, all bets are pretty much off. But, my question is (since the newspaper didn't address it) is, how does a 42' "vessel" collide with a PWC? Seems to me, if it was a clear cut case of the larger boat crashing into the PWC and it's operator, they would report it THAT way. "Collided with" tends to lead the reader to believe the jetski hit the boat?

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Read post #3 in my thread from June 14 where this subject was addressed. The whole text of the news release is there. From the charges against the operator of the Fountain, it sounds like he was more than just drinking.

http://www.speedwake.com/upload/showthread.php?s=&threadid=56315
 
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