This week the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) investigated another boating accident on Lake Lanier. The suspect has been identified as Paul J. Bennett and has been charged with Boating Under the Influence and will likely face other charges as well. What is clear is that the at-fault boat operator was likely intoxicated, struck a pontoon boat carrying thirteen people from four families and then left the scene of the collision and failed to render aid. One of the thirteen, a 9-year-old boy, is dead and his 13-year-old sister is missing and presumed dead. This reportedly happened at 10:30 p.m. This is one of the worst tragedies on the Lake Lanier in recent history.
I have worked on a lot of these boat collision cases over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, alcohol and night time conditions are often involved, as they are in this case. One can only hope that the at-fault operator was insured for this terrible loss. Obviously, this family is going to need help navigating through the legal mess that will follow, both criminally and civilly. I pray that the family of these dear children can find a way to bear this immeasurable loss and will be able to carry on with their lives.
May God bless these children and these families.
Click to go to the AJC article on the story:http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/authorities-identify-boys-killed-1460391.html
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