Relatives of a former beauty pageant winner have filed a civil suit against an Oklahoma family in connection with a fatal boating accident. The 21-year-old victim died in the boating crash in May. The boat operator struck an unoccupied houseboat.
Relatives have filed a wrongful death suit in the matter, seeking compensation from a Tulsa man and his parents, along with that family's business. The young woman died in the wreck, along with another 21-year-old man. Authorities say that speed, alcohol and inattentive operation were the causes of the crash.
Authorities say that the driver of the boat, age 22, had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent at the time of the fatal boating accident. Boating operators are not permitted to have BACs higher than 0.08 percent. The young driver is facing two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with the case. He is currently out of custody on bail.
The civil suit claims that the boat operator was speeding, traveling at about 50 mph. Further, it appears that the man was violating rules at the Duck Creek facility by cutting tight circles and going too fast. In fact, prior to the crash, it appears that someone attempted to stop the man from crashing into a houseboat prior to the wreck, and one of the passengers even bailed off of the watercraft shortly before the crash.
It appears that the company that owns the boat, Seven Anchors, also allegedly liquidated all of its assets shortly after the wreck, apparently in a bid to hide assets from the plaintiffs.
Victims whose relatives have perished in a fatal boating accident may face challenges when attempting to recover funds from the at-fault parties. An Oklahoma personal injury attorney may be able to assist those people, helping them learn more about their legal options.
Source: GrandLakeNews.com, "Family files wrongful death lawsuit in connection to fatal boating accident" Sheila Stogsdill, Jan. 31, 2014