Speedboat driver charged with manslaughter in fatal New York crash

A Westchester County Police boat resumed the search this morning for the two missing boaters near the Tappan Zee bridge. Credit: BIlly Becerra
A Westchester County Police boat resumed the search this morning for the two missing boaters near the Tappan Zee bridge.
Credit: BIlly Becerra

The pilot of a speedboat that was carrying six members of a wedding party when it crashed into a barge on the Hudson River was charged on Saturday with vehicular manslaughter in the death of one of the passengers, reported as the bride-to-be.

Jojo John, 35, was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault, said Rockland County Sheriff William Barbera. He was in custody at a local hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he suffered along with three others injured in the accident on Friday night.

The body of a woman was pulled from the water on Saturday by crews searching for two people missing from the crash north of New York City, Barbera said.

“There were signs of intoxication,” Barbera said, and police are awaiting confirmation from a lab that John was indeed drunk at the time of the accident.

The medical examiner’s office is unlikely to announce the identity of the dead woman until Monday, Barbera said. According to local media reports, the body was believed to be that of Lindsey Stewart, 30, who was due to be married on August 10.

Barbera said a sixth boat passenger, who was reported to be Mark Lennon, 30, the best man, was still missing. The search for Lennon will resume on Sunday morning.

Fire officials said earlier in the day they presumed that neither of the missing passengers had survived.

The sheriff’s office said the boat hit a construction barge anchored below the Tappan Zee Bridge, part of the New York State Thruway and a major transportation link across the Hudson River about 25 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.

Stewart’s fiance, Brian Bond, contacted police and said he was the only passenger who remained conscious. The rescue was “delayed because he was unsure of where he was,” Barbera said.

No details of the circumstances of the crash were released by authorities. Fire officials said the barge was illuminated by an anchor light but would have been difficult to see in the darkness by approaching boats on the river on Friday night.

Barbera said the vessel was a 19-foot (6-metre) power boat.

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

Movies

Review: Desert-walking movie 'Tracks' would be better as…

Mia Wasikowska walks 1700 miles across Australia's deserts in "Tracks," in a story that defies triumph-of-the-spirit cliches but gets some of them anyway.

NFL

J.J. Watt poses unique challenges to struggling Giants…

Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the league, is the leader of a surprising Texans (2-0) team that has already matched last season’s win total.

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…