According to NJ.com, a 23-year-old man was recently arrested in connection to a Sparta hit-and-run boating accident that led to injuries.
The accident occurred on June 14, when the man’s boat allegedly struck a pontoon on Lake Mohawk, injuring three people. The man allegedly fled the scene of the accident before authorities arrived.
The suspect was charged with endangering an injured victim, leaving the scene of a vessel accident with serious bodily injury and assault by vessel, NJ.com reported. He was apprehended several hours after the accident.
One of the injury victims, 23, is the daughter of the Sparta Police Chief; she was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment after she was knocked unconscious during the collision. Two other victims were also transported to the hospital with head injuries and cuts.
The accident occurred at around 12:50 a.m. Police were able to track the boat, which was borrowed from another person, by looking for damage. The accident occurred in the center of the lake.
Although the man was charged, the accident still remains under investigation.
Speaking to an Attorney Following a Boat Accident
It is unfortunate that the man operating the boat in this accident fled the scene. Just as negligent drivers can be held liable for their actions, a boat operator can be as well. If you cause a boating accident that injures or kills someone, aside from criminal charges, victims and family members can potentially pursue litigation.
Stay safe this summer. Avoid dangerous behaviors that can lead to boating accidents like drinking alcohol, texting or cell phone use, or overpopulating a vessel. As the summer months begin to heat up, more people will be on the water. You do not want to cause a boating accident due to negligence or recklessness.
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