The verdict is finally in from the May 8, 2010 boating accident which took the life of passenger Christopher Smith. After a night of drinking, Mandy J. Romeu invited both Smith and his sister for a ride on his boat. What started as a joy ride ended in tragedy as Romeus speed threw Smith from the boat.
Smith flew off the boat and hit an unlit Coast Guard navigation post. After suffering serious trauma and injuries, Smith was announced dead at the scene of the crash. At the trials conclusion, Romeu was convicted of one count of BUI (boating under the influence) manslaughter and charged with one count of vessel homicide.
Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp was responsible for overseeing the court proceedings and the jury who convicted Romeu consisted of three males and three females. While Romeus lawyer attempted to prove that his client was in control and driving normally, his blood alcohol level was 0.132 and 0.137, which far exceeds the legal limit of 0.08 BAC.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, Gordon & Doner is prepared to take your case today. Contact us to learn more.