During Trial in Toms River, Survivors Tearfully Recount Fatal Boat Crash
Witnesses to the chaos and carnage after a small Boston Whaler was run over by a larger, 27-foot Imperial speedboat spoke in great detail about the severity of their injuries and the deadly nightmare — the discovery that one of their friends had died in the crash that occurred on the Metedeconk River in Brick Township.
As reported by The New Jersey Star Ledger, one passenger aboard the Boston Whaler initially thought everyone else had died in the collision. Then he heard an old friend calling 911 to report the crash.
The injuries described by survivors who testified in the case were horrific. In addition to the graphic testimony, the jury was permitted to listen to the 26-minute long 911 emergency call.
Prosecutors in the case are attempting to convince the jury that the operator of the Imperial speedboat was criminally responsible for the death of one man and the injuries sustained by his wife and friends. The Imperial’s operator had been speeding through the lower sections of the Metedeconk River at Barnegat Bay just prior to 1:00 a.m. He has been charged with two counts of assault by vessel and vehicular homicide. He left the scene of the crash thinking, according to his statements, that his boat had struck a log, and he was afraid it was going to take on water.
The jury in this case will be charged with determining who caused the fatal boat crash in Toms River.
The experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can assist in determining liability and protect the rights of injured victims of boating accidents if the accident was the fault of another boat operator. If you have been injured, or if a loved one has died in a boating accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040. We can help you recover financial compensation for your losses.
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