WFMJ-TV reported recently that a surgeon in Ohio was charged in connection to a fatal boat accident on Berlin Lake.
According to the news outlet, Dr. Joseph Yurich has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence. Since his arrest, he has been free on a $25,000 bond.
Investigators say that Yurich was one of the operators of 17-foot Bayliner powerboat that collided with a fishing boat on Berlin Lake in May. The accident killed a 58-year-old man. Prosecutors say that Yurich was operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and that he left the scene of the collision.
Yurich is expected to appear in court later this fall to address the charges.
Never Leave the Scene of a Recreational Boating Accident
As this case shows, you should never leave the scene of a boating accident. The failure to assist a victim following a crash can lead to advanced injuries and/or death.
Additionally, you should always avoid drunk boating. According to the American Boating Association, alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in about 31 percent of all fatal boating accidents.
If you are injured or your loved one has been killed in a drunk boating accident, contact our nationwide maritime injury attorneys and discuss your legal rights. Aside from criminal charges, boat operators under the influence of alcohol can face civil lawsuits if they are involved in an accident that injures or kills someone.
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