Local news reports indicate a man was killed in a boating accident on Lake Ray Roberts in Pilot Point Texas. The incident occurred Tuesday night August 7 when police believe 48-year-old Aaron Ortez was operating a motor boat at a high rate of speed. The boat then crashed into the dam located on FM455 killing 21-year-old Richard Norman Jr. 18-year-old Mario Salinas suffered a puncture wound to his abdomen and was taken via medical helicopter to a hospital in Plano. Police believe Ortez was under the influence and was charged with intoxication assault.
Site of the Accident
Many are unaware that operating a boat under the influence is a criminal offense just like that of a motor vehicle. As such intoxication assault or manslaughter charges may arise should an intoxicated boater be the cause of an injury-causing accident. Boating accidents are actually difficult to investigate for cause as their effects may not be witnessed by many. It should be noted however that the alleged intoxication link probably establishes cause and liability for a defendant. After that liability is established an accurate reflection of incurred damages must then be determined.
- Attorney Michael Grossman