A fatal crash on Smith Mountain Lake has claimed the life of a teen girl. The accident occurred when 21 ft. fishing boat collided with a 10 ft. jet ski. The passenger on the jet ski was killed in the accident. The driver of the jet ski was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neither the driver nor passenger of the fishing boat was injured. Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. All four people involved were under the age of 22.
The July 3rd accident occurred at a busy time for boaters on Smith Mountain Lake. Officials say the water was crowded with boats preparing for the annual July 4th fireworks show. Reports indicate that both vessels were trying to exit a small cove when the collision occurred. No charges have been filed against the driver of the boat.
Boating Under the Influence
Overcrowded waterways present a real hazard to inexperienced boaters. Without lots of room to maneuver their vessel safely, corners get cut tightly and decisions must be made in a split second. Factor in booze and a party atmosphere, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. That’s why the father of the victim has gone on record about the need for boating safety reform. He’s even worked with local marinas to help set up boating safety classes.
We send our thoughts to the victim’s family and wish the injured young man a speedy recovery.
Virginia Maritime Lawyer
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.