A Brick resident was acquitted of all charges on April 23 pertaining to a 2008 accident on the Metedeconk River. The boat crash seriously injured four people on a separate vehicle and resulted in the death of the pilot, a 49-year old man from Essex Falls. The fatal crash occurred when the accused man's 27-foot Imperial speedboat ran into the opposing 17-foot boat. The man fled the scene and through his attorney communicated with authorities 10 hours later. He claimed that he believed he had struck a buoy or a log instead of a vehicle. The man was cleared of his wrongful death charges of assault by vessel and vehicular homicide after a three week trial.
Boating is a very popular activity among New York and New Jersey residents, but it also comes with some risks. When boat operators drink, drive recklessly or simply don't pay attention, accidents can happen quickly. And just as with crashes involving cars, the consequences are often deadly.