A 65-year-old Ponte Vedra, Florida woman was hospitalized on Saturday, April 16, after the boat she was a passenger in slammed into a dock along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Florida Times-Union reports the dock was located at 75 S. Roscoe Road in St. Johns County behind a vacant house and the accident occurred at almost the same location of a fatal boating accident two years ago that killed five people.
The woman sustained head injuries from the collision of the 1999 Vessel powerboat with the dock around 2:45 p.m. First responders found her husband at the scene and the boat wedged under the dock. She was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for treatment of her injuries. The newspaper reports her husband was not injured in the Florida boating accident.
The Florida Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Commission is in charge of investigating the Saturday boating crash which occurred in an area known as “the ditch” about a mile north of the Palm Valley Bridge which is an area known to be narrower and shallower than other areas of the Intracoastal making it difficult to navigate, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
There is no word from this story who was behind the wheel of the boat at the time of the crash, but a witness told authorities that two bottles of beer flew out when it collided with the dock.
The Florida Wildlife Commission conducted the investigation into the five deaths along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) because of the number of deaths and injuries. A similar investigation will be conducted in this crash case. A Florida personal injury attorney who specializes in boating accidents will want to conduct a thorough look into the crash to determine what the throttle, the engine, steering mechanisms, and damage to the vessel reveals. The lawyers at Farah & Farah have successfully represented dozens of boating accident victims in and around Florida seeking and receiving compensation for their injuries and lost wages.