Man Sentenced in Fatal Boating Accident
Winston Wood, a 21-year-old, was sentenced to two years of home detention and two years probation for killing an 8-year-old boy, Gage Pruitt, and Pruitt’s grandmother, 51-year-old Susan Collier.
About the Boating Accident
In June 2010, as 19-year-old Winston Wood and two of his peers were driving down Lake Monroe in a ski boat when they collided with a fishing boat, killing two people, 8-year-old, Gage Pruitt, and his grandmother, 51-year-old Susan Collier. There were a total of five people on the fishing boat – two grandparents, and three grandchildren – according to news outlets.
Investigators told reporters that alcohol was not a factor, and all three of the teenagers tested zero for alcohol, according to news outlets. Although blame was not assigned for the crash, Wood was charged with leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in injuries and death.
When you are out fishing, water skiing, or simply out for a joy ride on the water, ALWAYS be wary of boats and other water-faring vessels. Some people may think that because a boat is on the water, they don’t have to use as much caution and a crash is less serious. However, this incident on Lake Monroe is an example of how a casual fishing expedition with family and friends can turn into tragedy.
Indiana Boating Incident Statistics
On Lake Monroe alone, 13 boating accidents were reported from 2008-2010. In 2009, statewide, there were 76 accidents reported on the water, and two were fatal. In 2010, approximately 38 watercraft incidents were reported up until July 2010 and three were fatal – two of which happened from this incident.
Contact an Experienced Maritime Accident Attorney
Anyone who is involved in any type of maritime accident should immediately seek medical care. Even if an accident seems to be minor, you can prevent further health complications from developing by seeking immediate attention.
It is also essential to document any maritime injury in the accident report immediately after in occurs. The more detailed your report is, the better chance you have of receiving maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a maritime accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We will thoroughly evaluate your case and help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.