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Woman Accepts Plea for Boating Accident with Two Child Fatalities

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Morgan Crider2 years ago

On July 16th, an upstate woman pleaded guilty to charges concerning the death of two children in a boating accident that took place in South Carolina last summer.

Details About the Guilty Plea in Fatal Boating Accident

According to WYFF4 News, Dawn Thompson pleaded guilty on Thursday July 16th to two counts of involuntary manslaughter as stated by the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Chrissy Adams, solicitor, states that a judge sentenced Dawn Thompson to five years on each count of manslaughter, suspended to one year in prison to be followed by five years of probation.  This will also come with substance abuse counseling, and random drug and alcohol tests.

About the Fatal Boating Accident

The solicitor’s office reported that on August 31st, 2014 Thompson’s boat capsized with 11 other passengers on board. Christian Henderson, nine years old, and Timothy Dragoo, five months old, were also on board and subsequently died.

It was reported that Thompson’s blood alcohol content was 0.06 percent and tests indicated that there were six different prescription medications in her blood.  According to the solicitor’s office, the boat was also overweight by approximately 500 pounds.

Chrissy Adams, a solicitor from the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, was quoted saying, “This is a horrible tragedy that should never have happened. Lack of knowledge of boating safety including the maximum capacity of the boat and proper boating procedures, improper life vest for each passenger, combined with alcohol consumption resulted in the deaths of two innocent young people”. 


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