Updating a story that we have been following recently, a second man has been arrested in connection to a Boston Harbor boating accident in which a teenager lost part of her arm after she was struck by the vessel’s propeller.
According to the Boston Globe, Alexander Williams, 24, allegedly started the Naut Guilty’s engine while it was anchored near Spectacle Island and “negligently moved the boat in the direction of the victim.”
He has been charged with negligent operation of a boat and destroying evidence. The boat’s owner, Benjamin Urbelis, 33, a DWI attorney, has also been charged with reckless operation of the boat, as well as causing serious bodily injury while operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. Urbelis’ lawyers have maintained that he was swimming when the incident occurred. The victim’s arm was severed above her elbow.
Williams is a student at New England Law School. When authorities responded to his Boston apartment with a search warrant recently, they reportedly found his phone in a “restore factory settings mode”, erasing the device’s contents. As the police were discovering that this was taking place, Williams’ lawyer was allegedly telling him that the deletion was the “stupidest thing” he could do.
Williams has also been charged with providing alcohol for several teenage women who were aboard the boat.
Our Maritime Attorneys Can Assist You Following a Recreational Boating Accident
This accident should serve as a reminder of the dangers of drunk boating. Alcohol use is a factor in almost a third of all recreational boating fatalities in the U.S., according to the Coast Guard. Often, drunk boating accidents result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive therapy and rehabilitation.
If a drunk boater injures you, you may be able to hold him or her accountable through a lawsuit. Speak to our maritime attorneys about your legal rights. In the video above, maritime attorney Carolyn Latti explains what you should do if you are injured in a boating accident.
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