Brittany Stark, 21, was killed in a boating accident in the Colorado River, when the boat in which she was a passenger struck the shoreline. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal boating accident occurred along the Colorado River in San Bernardino County, the night of June 26, 2011. A total of eight people were on the ski boat operated by 20-year-old Gregory Kettlekamp when it slammed ashore. Stark was transported to a local hospital where she died. Two other occupants sustained major injuries in the crash. The authorities are investigating what caused the boat accident, and have not ruled out alcohol consumption as a contributing factor.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Brittany Stark following this tragic boating accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims here, and I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Boating Accident Statistics
According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways, 686 boating accidents in the year 2008 resulted in 48 fatalities and 382 injuries statewide. During that same year, there were 47 boating accidents reported in San Bernardino County, in which 49 were injured. San Bernardino County ranked second after San Diego County for the highest number of boating accidents in 2008. San Diego County documented 55 boating injuries that year.
What Caused This Fatal Boating Accident?
It is not clear from the report as to what caused this fatal boating accident. Investigators will have to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, speeding or operating the watercraft recklessly. As we approach July 4 weekend it is important to remember just how dangerous boats can be. It is common for boat operators to do things they would never do while driving a car. Speeding, going too close to other vessels, operating a boat under the influence, and driving recklessly are all dangerous acts that can turn a fun holiday weekend into a tragedy.
The family of a victim killed in a California boating accident may pursue financial compensation for their losses through civil litigation. In this particular case, if the boat operator is determined to have been at fault, he can be held liable for the victim's wrongful death. Injured victims can also seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. An experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled boating accident cases will be able to advise victims or their families about their legal rights and options.
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