We have written in prior issues about the dangers created by drunk operators of boats on lakes and other waterways. Recently, the family of a 10-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a speedboat while tubing on Petite Lake in Illinois, filed a wrongful death suit against the Fox Waterway Agency and Spring Lake Marina. The lawsuit, filed by the parents of Tony Borcia, alleges that the Fox Waterway and Spring Lake Marina operators knew the dangers posed by “alcohol-fueled boaters” on the heavily traveled Chain O’ Lakes, but failed to take action or warn the family about the dangers.
A boater, who according to authorities was drunk and also had cocaine in his system, ran over the boy, who died instantly, in July 2012. In June, David Hatyina was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI. Mathew Dudly, a lawyer with Dudley & Lake, a firm in Libertyville, Ill., represents the family in this case. He had this to say:
Petite Lake is really a small lake known for a sandbar where people congregate and drink. On a weekend, that is not a safe place to take your family. This is not information that is passed on to anybody.
Spring Lake Marina is a private facility where the boy’s father rented the boat and tubing equipment. It’s alleged in the lawsuit that Petite Lake has been the location of 11 accidents resulting in nine injuries since 2009, and that the injuries represent at least 20 percent of the boating accidents and injuries on the entire Chain over that period.
It’s contended that Fox Waterway Agency, a tax-funded entity, should have implemented restrictions on boat size and speed, as well as designated areas for tubing on the Chain O’ Lakes. The family also claims that Marina operators falsely advertised Petite Lake as a safe place for family recreation.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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