Authorities charged a 49-year-old Mooresville man with boating while intoxicated following a Fourth of July accident on Lake Norman. The fatal accident happened as crowds were gathering before a fireworks show.
Boat Comes From Behind
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, the accident occurred in the Mooresville area at approximately 9 p.m. A 17-year-old girl was knee boarding when a pontoon boat reportedly came up from behind and struck her. She did not survive the impact.
Following the incident, authorities arrested the man operating the pontoon boat. and BWI charges followed. The district attorney’s office will look at the case, and it is possible that the D.A. will bring additional charges, according to wsoc news.
In the aftermath of the incident, a spokesperson for the wildlife resource commission spoke of the need for an awareness of one’s surroundings, especially on busy lakes.
Although the investigation into this incident is in its earliest stages, boating while intoxicated may constitute evidence of negligence in certain cases. When a person dies due to the negligent conduct of another, North Carolina state law allows survivors to seek compensation in the state’s civil courts. In many cases, a plaintiff files wrongful death litigation seeking monetary damages for pain-and-suffering, loss of companionship and burial expenses.
If you or a loved one is a victim of an accident, it is possible to review the matter with wrongful death attorneys. Our firm offers this type of consultation without charge or obligation. To learn more, please contact us.