According to reports, New Jersey police have arrested a 21-year-old man following a hit-and-run boating accident in Sparta that injured five people.
The New Jersey Herald reported that the accident occurred on Lake Mohawk on June 14. A recreational boat being driven by the suspect reportedly crashed into a pontoon boat, sending several people to the hospital with head injuries. Three people were reportedly thrown into the water from the force of the accident, with one of them being knocked unconscious and almost drowning.
After authorities were called to the scene of the accident, the suspect reportedly fled. He was arrested later in the day after police combed the lake, finding the alleged vessel involved with damage on it. The owner of the boat told investigators that he let the suspect borrow the vessel.
The suspect has been charged with five counts of endangering an injured victim, leaving the scene of a vessel accident with serious bodily injury, fourth-degree assault by vessel, and four counts of disorderly conduct. As of last week, investigators were still trying to locate someone else who was on the suspect’s boat for questioning.
Working With an Attorney Following a Hit-and-Run Boating Accident
Just as they are often associated with vehicle crashes, people under the influence of alcohol often cause hit-and-run boating accidents. Other reasons why operators may leave the scene of a boating accident include issues with licensing and/or fear of arrest. If a hit-and-run boater injures you and he or she is apprehended, speak to our maritime attorneys about your legal rights. It is very important that the proper investigation occurs regarding the accident.
You may be able to file a lawsuit against the operator and/or the boat owner. You should not have to suffer because of another person’s negligence and you should make sure that the person responsible for your accident is held liable.
In the video above, attorney Carolyn Latti explains recreational boating insurance claims. If you have questions, you can contact our lawyers at the number located on this page.
If you have been injured in a tubing, jet skiing, sailing, recreational fishing or pontoon accident, you can rest assured knowing that our maritime attorneys have tremendous expertise in this area of law.
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