Two Dead in Hudson River Boating Accident – Investigation Continues
The body of Mark Lennon, 30, has been recovered as investigators continue to gather information on last week's Hudson River wedding party boating accident. This is the second body to be found, the first believed to be bride-to-be, Lindsey Stewart, 30.
With charges already brought against boat operator, Jojo John, investigators plan to bring in an accident reconstruction team in hopes of gathing more insight into the events leading up to the incident. Investigators are also following up on claims that the barge that the boar hit was not properly lit.
Details on Wedding Party Boating Accident
- The accident occurred on July 26 when the wedding party boarded the 21-foot Stingray power boat after dinner.
The boat collided with one of three barges in the river 25 miles north of Manhattan, throwing Stewart and Lennon from the boat.
- The two were later found dead.
- Four other passengers were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
- Despite suffering from severe head injuries, Stewart’s fiancé, Brian Bond, was able to contact 911. Rescue operations were delayed as Bond was unsure of their location.
Charges Brought Against Boat Operator
- Charges were brought against Jojo John, 35, as it is believed he was intoxicated while operating the boat.
- Authorities have stated that the charges are subject to change. The charges currently released were posted before the discovery of Mark Lennon’s body.
- John is currently facing one count of vehicular manslaughter for the death of Lindsey Stewart.
- John is also facing three counts of 2nd degree vehicular assault in correlation to injuries sustained by other passengers.
The Boating Accident Investigation Continues
- Authorities plan to bring in an accident reconstruction team to get a more complete idea of how the accident occurred.
- Other boaters in the marina have reported that the construction barge that the boat collided with was not properly lit.
- Tappan Zee Contractors, the company conducting the construction, assures all barges were properly lit Friday night.
Contact an Experienced Maritime Accident Attorney
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