Woman Sentenced For Fatal S.C. Boat Accident
According to the Independent Mail, a South Carolina woman was sentenced to one year in jail recently after she was involved in a boat accident last year that killed a 9-year-old and 5-month old.
The news source reported that Dawn Thompson, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. She was sentenced to jail, plus five years of probation. The boat accident occurred as Thompson operated a vessel near a dock on Lake Hartwell. The vessel reportedly capsized and sank as it was approaching the dock.
Prior to the accident, people aboard the boat, a 19-foot Hurricane vessel, were out on an island drinking. After the accident, it was discovered that Thompson had a blood alcohol level of 0.065, near the legal intoxication level of 0.08. She also had prescription drugs in her system, several of which came with warnings not to mix alcohol with them.
There were reportedly 12 people aboard the vessel at the time of the accident, including seven adults. The boat had a weight limit of 1,870 pounds and was about 500 pounds over its limit, investigators discovered.
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