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Father Will Serve 11 Days in Jail for Fatal Boating Accident

September 7, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A 49-year-old man stepped away from the boat’s controls to check on the motor with the throttle still engaged. His 17-year-old son and his son’s 15-year-old friend sat on the front of the boat in Black Creek. The man pumped the fuel bulb, sending more gas into the boat’s engine. The boat sped forward at about 25 mph towards some low hanging tree branches.

The two teens collided with the tree branches and died from severe injuries to their head, neck and chest. The fatal boating accident happened this past Presidents’ Day and a Florida judge recently sentenced the man to serve 18 days in jail. Once released from jail, he is on probation for 11 months. The maximum was one year in jail. Both families think the father has suffered enough and showed support for him throughout the ordeal.

A momentary lapse in judgment took the lives of two young boys. A boater safety course tells you to avoid leaving the boat’s controls with the throttle engaged. A boat does not have the stopping power of a car. In addition, the wind and current can propel a boat even faster. Ironically, the driver in the incident is a boat mechanic.

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