A Winthrop woman was killed on Saturday night in a Hull, Massachusetts boating accident. Regina Mosher sustained a fatal brain injury when she fell off the powerboat she was in a passenger in after it struck a moored sailboat.
The driver of the powerboat, Lloyd W. Thompson, is charged with negligent homicide and drunk driving. The 39-year-old Winthrop man has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. While Thompson has admitted to consuming alcohol, he says that he didn’t have more than two or three drinks. Police did retrieve an empty wine box, wine glasses, and beer bottles from his vessel.
The Massachusetts boating accident took place close to Hull’s Spinnaker Island. 10 people were riding in the powerboat that Thompson, who is vice commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club, was steering. He claims he didn’t notice the sailboat until the last moment and that he tried to avoid colliding with it. He also says that he did not see the channel markers prior to the crash. Police, however, say that following the collision, Thompson exhibited slurred speech and his eyes appeared glassy.
There were several passengers on the boat. A second woman who also was thrown during the Massachusetts boat crash was treated at a hospital.
Massachusetts Boating Accidents
Injuries during boating accidents can happen and a Boston injury lawyer can help you figure out whether you have reason for filing a civil case. Drunk driving, operator negligence, operator inexperience, boat malfunction, boat defects, overcrowded vessels, no flotation devices, sinking boats, falls overboard, carbon monoxide poisoning, boat crashes, and personal watercraft accidents are some of the reasons why boating accidents happen.
Man pleads not guilty to fatal boat crash, Boston.com, September 13, 2011
Woman killed in boating accident off Hull, skipper faces charges, Patriot Ledger, September 12, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Boating Accident Statistics, US Coast Guard
Boating Accidents, Justia
More Blog Posts:
Capsized Boat Leaves One Dead, Boston Injury Lawyer, November 15, 2010
US Coast Guard Reports 9 Massachusetts Recreational Boating Accidents in 2007, Boston Injury Lawyer, September 24, 2008
9-Year-Old Massachusetts Girl is Seriously Injured in Boating Accident on Indian Lake, Boston Injury Lawyer, July 23, 2007
You want to work with an experienced Boston personal injury law firm that knows how to prove that your Massachusetts boating accident was a result of another party’s negligence.